Depression is a low mood that lasts for a long time, and affects your everyday life.

In its mildest form, depression can mean just being in low spirits. It doesn’t stop you leading your normal life but makes everything harder to do and seem less worthwhile. At its most severe, depression can be life-threatening because it can make you feel suicidal or simply give up the will to live.

If you are given a diagnosis of depression, you might be told that you have mild, moderate or severe depression. This describes what sort of impact your symptoms are having on you currently, and what sort of treatment you’re likely to be offered. You might move between different mild, moderate and severe depression during one episode of depression or across different episodes.

There are many different talking treatments that can be effective in treating depression:

  • cognitive behavioural therapy(CBT)
  • group-based CBT
  • computerised CBT (CCBT) – this is CBT delivered through a computer programme or website
  • interpersonal therapy (IPT)
  • behavioural activation

Your doctor or mental health professional can talk through the options available in your area and help you find the right kind of talking treatment for you.

You might also be offered an antidepressant, either on its own or in combination with a talking treatment. Different people find different medications most helpful. You can talk to your doctor about your options – you might find you need to try out a few different types of medication before you find the one that works for you.

*Information courtesy of Mind