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Low and sad

We all have times when our mood is low and we’re feeling sad or miserable. Usually, these feelings pass after a short time.

If you’re feeling low and sad for a long time and it affects your everyday life, then it could be a sign that you’re experiencing depression.

How you might be feeling

There are lots of different feelings that come with depression, but these are some of the most common.

  • Feeling numb or worthless
  • Regularly feeling irritated and annoyed
  • Overwhelming feelings of sadness, guilt, anger or hopelessness
  • Blaming yourself for everything
  • Criticising yourself more often

Top tips

Mind has lots of information on their website to help you understand depression. You can read personal stories, learn about what causes depression and find tips to help you feel better.

These tips include trying mindfulness, keeping a mood diary and looking after your physical health.

When to get help

If you’re struggling to cope with anxiety and the things you’re trying yourself are not helping, take a look at the free support services which can help you.

There’s lots of options – including both online and in person support. 

PositiveMinds and Kooth are good options for support, but any service will welcome and support you to get the right help you need.

If you’re not sure where to get support, call the Portsmouth Mental Health Hub on 0300 123 6621 (Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm) to talk to the team.