Depression is a common mental health difficulty that many experience at some point in their lives.  Depression is a persistent sadness that lasts for weeks or months, characterised by feeling low, flat or numb, being tearful, a lack of interest and motivation, not getting enjoyment, low energy, problems sleeping, changes in appetite, hopelessness and suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself. Many withdraw from their interests and people when they feel depressed, they may find it difficult to care for themselves such as eating regularly or washing and attendance at work may feel too difficult.

Grief and depression share many features, however in grief people may find their symptoms come and go and they can look forward to and enjoy things. Depression is persistent and sufferers more likely feel constantly sad. 

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