Low moods hit us all from time to time, particularly when life becomes challenging, but if we feel depressed for more than a few weeks at a time, it could be a sign that something more serious is going on. If you are feeling depressed, it can be easy to get dragged into a downward spiral of negative thoughts. You might feel that nothing will change and that things will always be this way, meaning that you are left feeling even more depressed. When depression sets in like this, it can affect your relationships
, your work life and how you see the world. It could be that you have experienced bouts of depression throughout your life or that a specific event might have triggered your depression. You may be finding it difficult to get over the death of a loved one
or you may have experienced a life changing event such as redundancy or divorce. Sometimes these experiences can be difficult to come to terms with and can lead to depression.