This factsheet is for people who have depression, or who would like information about it.
Depression is a condition in which people may have low mood, a loss of interest in everyday activities, feelings of low self-worth, a lack of energy and poor concentration, all of which last a long time.
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If you're depressed, recognising the problem is the first, yet hardest, step. Often others around you may suggest that you seek help. If you take that step and visit a doctor, you will find the support and treatment you need to stop depression from taking over your life.
The doctor will ask you about your home life, your relationships, any previous experience of depression, and whether you have had suicidal or self-harming thoughts. He or she will ask you about your symptoms, their duration, and how much they are affecting your everyday life. The doctor may also ask you to fill in a questionnaire about your symptoms.
Some people with severe or problematic depression may be referred to a psychiatrist – a doctor who specialises in mental health.
This information was published by Bupa's Health Information Team and is based on reputable sources of medical evidence. It has been peer reviewed by Bupa doctors. The content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.