We all feel down now and again. We can feel tired or listless or just ‘meh’ about everything.
Feeling low or feeling down is not pleasant but it is very common. In fact, it is one of the biggest reasons young people come to Jigsaw.
What does ‘feeling down’ mean?
There’s no set definition for having a low mood. It is different for everybody. It might be feeling a bit crap, fed up or tired. Some people might feel sad or teary, and worry a lot.
When we’re feeling down or are experiencing low mood our motivation to do things drops. Things we normally enjoy like sport or hobbies don’t seem as appealing. Interest in school, college or work can flat line. Changes in your appetite and sleep patterns are not unusual when feeling down.
Put all these experiences together, and it can be a very uncomfortable and unsettling place.
Am I low or depressed?
We all use different language to talk about our feelings. You have probably heard people say they are ‘depressed’ or ‘have depression’ – but what does that mean?
The word ‘depression’ is used by medical doctors to describe a particular state of low mood and a list of symptoms, for a certain period of time. Things get confusing because the word depression is used very often these days outside of this medical definition.
Whatever language you choose to describe how you’re feeling, it’s good to think about what’s getting you down. Also, what you could do to look after yourself. Then, think about whether you want or need help from others, like a friend, Jigsaw, or a doctor.