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Pathways Support Centre

Promoting your emotional well being

What’s the difference between Low mood and Depression?

A general low mood can include:

Sadness                      feeling anxious or panicky

Worry                         tiredness

low self-esteem           frustration


But a low mood will tend to lift after a few days or weeks.  Making some small changes in your life, such as resolving a difficult situation, talking about your problems or getting more sleep, can usually improve your mood.

A low mood that doesn't go away can be a sign of depression.

Symptoms of depression can include the following:

Depression can also come on at specific points in your life, such as the winter months (seasonal affective disorder, or SAD) and after the birth of a child (postnatal depression).

Check your mood using this simple questionnaire and get advice on what might help.

When to get help for low mood or depression

Whatever the cause, if negative feelings don't go away, are too much for you to cope with, or are stopping you from carrying on with your normal life, you may need to make some changes and get some extra support.

If you're still feeling down after a couple of weeks, talk to your GP or call NHS 111. Your GP can discuss your symptoms with you and make a diagnosis.