Depression is a very common problem which many adults will experience at some time in their life. Do you feel negative about yourself, the world and the future? Have you noticed any of these other signs and symptoms? These are some of the signs or symptoms that you may experience if you are depressed:

  • Feeling sad, guilty, numb or despairing
  • Losing interest in things
  • Crying a lot or feeling unable to cry
  • Feeling alone
  • Tiredness
  • Sleep problems
  • Changes in appetite, eating and weight
  • Losing confidence in yourself
  • Poor memory or concentration
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Thinking you hate yourself

Sometimes these can symptoms can be experienced as part of what has been termed the vicious circle. This is described and highlighted below.

The vicious circle

Low mood and anxiety affect our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. These form a vicious circle that can keep your problem maintained. Each of these areas are linked and feed into each other. The cycle below demonstrates a classic low mood vicious cycle.

The vicious circle - Depression

Before I started my therapy I felt low, tired and was struggling at work. I had stopped spending time with my family and friends. Talking changes helped me to understand what was contributing to the problems that I had. I found better ways to deal and manage my problems. I am now able to enjoy my life again and now able to cope better at work and feel more confident. My family and relationship have improved and I now enjoy time with my family and friends.


I really appreciate the work done by the facilitators at our group. It helps just knowing that thoughts, feelings, behaviours that are a problem actually have names and descriptions - I didn’t invent them! The course has taught me to slow down and analyse things and recognise them for what they are. Really pleased there is a relapse prevention plan - I never want to go back to how I was, in the absolute pit of low mood and anxiety. Very thankful for additional resources to help with low self esteem. Thank you very much.