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Everyone feels down from time to time, but when these feelings last for a long time or become very severe - this is a condition known as clinical depression.

Feelings of depression can often be accompanied by physical symptoms like low energy, insomnia or problems concentrating.

If you’re suffering from any of the above issues, it’s recommended that you talk to a GP as soon as possible.

Our doctors will be able to discuss how you’re feeling, diagnose your problems and recommend potential treatment options.

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What is Depression?

People are affected by depression in different ways and the condition can lead to a range of symptoms.

These can include feelings of intense sadness, losing interest or no longer gaining pleasure from activities you previously enjoyed and physical issues like a loss of appetite, insomnia and low sex drive.

Despite growing awareness, too many people still dismiss depression as not being a ‘proper’ illness and this can often put sufferers off from seeking help.

However, depression is a recognised psychological condition and the good news is, the majority of people can make a full recovery if they receive the right kind of treatment and support.

If you think you may have depression - it’s important to seek help from a GP as soon as possible. Don’t delay - the sooner you get help, the sooner you can get on the road to recovery.

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Treating Depression

Treating depression can involve talking therapies, prescription medication or a combination of both.

Since depression affects people in different ways, there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment and the course your doctor advises will largely be determined by the type of depression you’re suffering from.

Lifestyle changes, including diet, exercise and cutting back on alcohol are also often recommended and there’s a range of self-help options that can contribute to a successful treatment.

If you think you might be depressed, or have any worries about your mental health - don’t put off talking to a doctor. Our experienced GPs have years of experience in treating mental health issues, so simply hit the button below to talk to one of our doctors now. See a Doctor About Depression

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