Understanding My Problems
Understanding My Problems
Understanding My Problems
Understanding My Problems
Understanding My Problems


We are now very familiar with the terms depression and anxiety; they are used extensively throughout everyday life. However, fewer people actually understand what these terms really mean, nor the experiences of being depressed or anxious. For many struggling with depression it can be difficult to hear people describing themselves as ‘depressed’ when, simply, they are having a bad day.

It is therefore, important that we understand the terms used to describe these important mental health problems. The information given here is not intended to be used to formally diagnose yourself. However, from the information you should be able to develop a good indication of whether you might be experiencing depression and/or anxiety (they often go hand in hand) and, if so, seek some help.

If, having read the information available here, you believe you might be experiencing depression and/or anxiety, it is important to book an appointment with your General Practitioner (GP), who will be able to assess your problems, offer a proper diagnosis and discuss with you the range of support options available.

It is important to remember that there are a number of ways in which you can be helped with depression and/or anxiety. Many assume that anti-depressants will be the only thing that will be offered. While, for some, anti-depressants might be a life-saving treatment, many others might want to consider the range of other options, including

  • the different types of counselling available
  • online therapy
  • self-help programmes
  • downloadable apps for your phone or tablet
  • exercise and diet information
  • mindfulness…
  • counselling (often provided freely through the institution)
  • wellbeing support (often provided freely through the institution)

These may be considered with or without anti-depressants, depending on your needs and the advice given to you by your GP or person supporting you.

The following information explains clearly what depression and anxiety are, with some attention given to particular ways in which they can impact on yourself and others, while other information is available to consider in more detail other problems, such as sleep, concentration, or if you feel that you want to die.

What is Depression?
What is Anxiety?
The Impact on Relationships
The Impact on my Physical Health