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Open up when you’re feeling down

Everyone feels down at some point in their life. Sometimes we hear people casually say, “I’m depressed”, when they’ve had a bad day at work or a fight with their partner or friends.

Typically, these feelings pass or improve within a short period of time. These normal feelings differ from the more extreme and pervasive feelings associated with clinical depression.

If you’ve been feeling low for a period of two weeks or more, it’s probably time to speak to your GP or a mental health professional. If you are distressed you can get help immediately.

Our advisors at Breathing Space understand that it’s not easy to talk about what you are going through. We try to make it easier for you to open up. The sooner you talk to us the better you might feel.

Remember you are not alone and that you can get help.

Other information

Trusted information on depression, including symptoms, causes, diagnoses and treatment.

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