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Common symptoms of depression

If you've started to notice some of the symptoms we've listed below, we may be able to help.


  • "No-one likes me"
  • "I’m no good"
  • "Things will never change"
  • "I can’t be bothered"
  • "It’s not worth going on"
  • An increase or decrease in appetite
  • You are spending more time alone
  • You are sleeping too much or too little
  • You lack in energy
  • Poor concentration or poor memory
  • Headaches
  • Aching pains in your body
  • You are becoming tearful/emotional
  • Your heart pounding in your chest
  • A stomach-churning sensation
  • Low
  • Upset
  • Tearful
  • Sad
  • Flat
  • Irritable
  • Unmotivated

Possible causes of depression

  • Stressful life events – these can be unwelcome or traumatic, such as being bullied at work, getting divorced, or being attacked/abused
  • Negative thinking – sometimes you may start to think negatively due to an event or situation, this can then become a habit and part of your general outlook; you may not even be aware of how negatively you were thinking or how this is impacting on you
  • Lack of interest or reduction of pleasurable activities – you may have reduced activities that you gained pleasure, satisfaction, or achievement from. You then forget just how much you benefited from these activities
  • Loss – this can be the actual loss of someone through death or disappearance, but it can also be a major life change where there has been an adjustment and a loss of role or identity e.g. redundancy or retirement
  • Anger – if you struggle to express your feelings, particularly anger, you may find yourself low in mood as a result of not expressing your anger or frustration in a safe and responsible way
  • Physical health – various illnesses can contribute to low mood such as hormonal problems, menopause, and diabetes
  • Genetics – there is no known specific gene for low mood, but there has been research that shows that it may be hereditary; this may be through our genes or through learnt behaviour as a child

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Support for our members

If you're a member of Benenden Health, we offer support for mental health from day one.

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We worked with our partner Insight Healthcare to create this short guide. Always speak to your GP if you feel like you could be suffering from a serious mental health condition.