Depression Alliance has merged with Mind

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We're Mind, the mental health charity. We provide advice and support to anyone with a mental health problem. We're continuing to run Friends in Need and to support Depression Alliance's self-help groups. We can offer you advice and support on depression, too.

Living with depression

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Living with depression

Depression can make simple, day to day life seem impossible. It can take a huge amount of strength and motivation to manage basic tasks like getting out of bed and leaving the house. Things we take for granted like speaking to friends or reading a book can become exhausting, and some people start to feel anxious or ashamed about not being able to do the things they used to, especially if it means taking time away from work or college.

The risk of isolation

It can be hard to explain our thoughts and feelings to others. When depression takes hold some people find themselves overwhelmed by emotions, while others feel cut off from them. This can sometimes make relationships difficult, and many people feel they have to hide what’s happening. The more overwhelming our symptoms, the more isolated and lonely we can become. Left untreated, depression can have a devastating impact on our relationships, our work, our finances and our overall health, so it’s vital to help as early as possible.

Managing depression

Most people with depression will get better with the right treatment and support. For some it takes months, for others it’s years, and you might find that your symptoms go up and down, particularly during periods of stress or change. For many people, recovery is about being able to manage depression in the long term, so you’re more likely to be able to prevent your symptoms from reoccurring in future or can stop them becoming unmanageable if they do. In the depths of depression recovery can seem unimaginable, which is why encouraging someone to get help isn’t always straightforward. The good news is that things usually get better, and with the right support most people will go on to lead a healthy and active life.