Clinical depressionDiagnosis

If you experience symptoms of depression for most of the day, every day for more than 2 weeks, you should seek help from your GP.


Depression is a low mood that lasts for weeks or months and affects your daily life.


Symptoms of depression include feeling unhappy or hopeless, low self-esteem and finding no pleasure in things you usually enjoy.


Many things can cause depression such as stressful events, personality, family history and giving birth.


Treatment for depression usually involves a combination of lifestyle changes, talking therapies and medicines.

Page last reviewed: 05/10/2016
Next review due: 05/10/2019