What is depression?
Depression is a "whole body" illness, involving your body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way you eat and sleep, the way you feel about yourself, and the way you think about things. A depressive disorder is not the same as a passing blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away.
If you are experiencing severe or ‘clinical’ depression you are not just sad or upset. The experience of depression is an overwhelming feeling which can make you feel unable to cope and hopeless about the future.
Most people with depression will not have all the symptoms listed here, but most will have at least three or four.
- Lack of energy, Social withdrawal
- Lack of confidence, Loss of feeling
- Poor motivation and concentration
- Change in appetite, Low self esteem
- Lack of interest in the things you use to enjoy
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (low moods in autumn and winter)
- The group offers an opportunity to talk to others who will understand, in a safe and non judgmental environment, with an opportunity to share experiences and coping strategies
"i find is so relaxed and easy going and everyone is happy and smiling. Any problems have there is always someone with advice.”
Friday afternoon meeting
The group meet every Friday at MhIST in Room 8 from 11:30 pm until 1:30 pm