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What is the difference between low mood and depression?

Typical symptoms of low mood include:
 - Low self esteem

 - Worrying

 - Tiredness

 - Frustration

 - Sadness

Low mood tends to improve by resolving any issues that may be a concern, getting enough sleep, talking through problems and taking positive action.

If low mood continues without improvement, it can be a sign of depression, especially if accompanied by the following:

 - Feelings of low self worth combined with a sense of hopelessness and helplessness 

 - Loss of interest in activities that would normally be enjoyable

 - Energy loss and general lethargy

 - Persistent negative thoughts and pessimistic outlook

 - Disturbed sleep, waking early or over sleeping

 - Social withdrawal and isolating

 - Appetite changes - craving certain foods, over eating or under eating

 - Weight gain or weight loss

 - In more severe cases, thoughts of self harm

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