Everyone feels sad, upset or fed up from time to time; this is a normal part of everyday life. However, if these feelings persist for more than a few weeks or start to interfere with your quality of life they may be symptoms of depression.

Depression is different from feeling sad and upset. It is a condition that can prevent you from getting on with your life. In depression feelings of being intensely miserable, lonely and hopeless are often accompanied by physical symptoms such as disrupted sleep, loss of energy, aches and pains.

Depression is one of the most common conditions in the UK, directly affecting at least 1 in 5 people during their lifetime. It can affect anyone at any time and at any age.

Depression is not something we should be afraid of. With the right help and support and through using self-help techniques, the vast majority of people will make a full reco