Depression and anxiety

How to tell if you have depression or anxiety

Everyone has periods of low mood. Sometimes this can be because of a particular event, eg a break up.

Usually low mood gets better on its own after a short time. If it doesn’t, this could be a sign of depression or anxiety.

Symptoms of depression

When you’re depressed you often have the symptoms for weeks. They can be so bad that they start to affect your daily life, eg your work, your family and social life.

The symptoms of depression can be complex but they often include the following:

It can affect your body, too:

Symptoms of anxiety

If you feel anxious all the time and the feeling isn’t about one specific thing you might have ‘generalised anxiety disorder’.

Symptoms of anxiety include:

Your body can also change and you might notice these symptoms:

What to do next

If you think you have any of the symptoms for depression and anxiety, you should seek help as soon as possible.