The National Instutite for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) defines depression as :
“A loss of interest and enjoyment in ordinary things and experiences, having low mood and a range of associated emotional, cognitive, physical and behavioural symptoms”
Indicators of depression include :
Effects on emotions e.g sadness, guilt, anger mood swings, hopelessness
Effects on thinking e.g frequent self criticism, self blame, worry, pessimism, impaired memory and concentration
Effects on behaviour e.g crying spells, withdrawal from others, neglect of responsibilities
Physical effects e.g chronic fatigue, lack of energy, sleeping too much or too little, overeating or loss of appetite
YoungMinds is the leading charity committed to improving emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people and empowering parents and carers
A counselling service for parents, children and young people.
The UK’s leading support service for young people.
Students Against Depression
This organisation offers information and resources validated by health professionals alongside tips and advice from students who have experienced it all themselves