How do I know if my mood is low?

We are all different, so we will experience low mood in different ways. These are some common symptoms or changes.

Physical symptoms or changes:

 Fatigue and decreased energy levels
 Restlessness
 Insomnia or excessive sleeping
 Slowing down of speech or movements

You might have these thoughts:

 Having the same thoughts repeatedly – “ruminating”
 Taking longer than normal to think or make decisions
 Negative thoughts
 Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions

You may have these feelings:

 Feelings of hopelessness
 Helplessness and/or worthlessness
 Irritability
 Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings

You may behave like this:

 Not doing activities or hobbies you usually find enjoyable
 Withdrawing from friends and family
 Overeating or loss of appetite

You won’t necessarily experience all (or even any) of these symptoms, and sometimes they might just be very mild.

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Speak up

If you’re experiencing some of these symptoms and are concerned, talk to your doctor about getting some extra support.