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Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad, but these feelings usually pass within a couple of days. We often use the expression ‘I'm feeling depressed’ when we're feeling sad or miserable about life. Usually, these feelings pass with time. But if these feelings are interfering with your life and don't go away after a couple of weeks, or if they come back, over and over again, it could be a sign that you are depressed in the medical sense of the term.
Bipolar disorder is the name used to describe a set of 'mood swing' conditions, the most severe form of which used to be called 'manic depression'. With bipolar disorder, moods can swing between low, high and mixed. It is important to note that everyone has mood swings from time to time. It is only when these moods become extreme and interfere with life that bipolar disorder may be present and medical assessment may be needed.
Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But the vast majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment. If you are concerned that you or someone you know might be showing signs of depression it is important to get support.
Talk to a GP
Helping to Defeat Depression
1890 303 302
Irish Youth Health Information
Helping you get though tough times
World Community Mental Health Movement in Ireland
+353 (0)21 427 7520
1890 474 474