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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're spending more time alone
  • You're sleeping too much or too little
  • You lack in energy
  • Poor concentration or poor memory
  • Headaches
  • Aching pains in your body
  • You're 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 – sometimes, due to circumstances, you may reduce activities that you gained pleasure, satisfaction or achievement from. If you don't increase these activities again and forget just how much you benefited from them, you might feel unable to reengage with 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, retirement or menopause
  • Anger – if you struggle to express your feelings, particularly anger, you may find yourself stressed as a result of not expressing yourself 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.