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Depression and Sadness

Start here to find out more about low mood and depression.

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What is It?

Everyone feels sad, down, or from time to time. Problems, disappointments, and losses can affect anyone’s mood. Most often these feelings are temporary. But, when low mood goes on for more than a few weeks and other symptoms appear (having no energy, wanting to be alone) this could be a sign of depression. The longer it lasts, the more likely it is to get in the way of school, work, family, friends, and your daily life.

What can lead to depression?

There is no single cause of depression. It often develops because of a combination of things:

  • Life events or stress (for example losing someone close to you)
  • Biological factors – hormones, family history, genetics
  • Medical illness or certain medications
  • Ways of thinking that make someone more likely to experience stress

What you can do if you’ve been feeling sad or down

It’s easier to deal with the challenges of low mood when they’re recognized early. You can take action on your own or with support from friends, family or professionals.

  • Explore the “What Next” options below to learn about the early signs and help you decide on steps you can take.
  • Check out these Tips and Apps & Tools for things you can do to help manage low mood.
  • Talk to someone you trust and let them know how you’re feeling. Check out Tips for Talking to Someone for help getting started.
  • If you think you need support from someone else, check out our Get Support section for a variety of options.

What Next?

If you want to learn more about the early signs or find out if this is something you are experiencing here are a few options.