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How do I know if I have depression?

If you are in crisis or need urgent mental health support, get help now from the NHS. If someone's life is at risk, for example they've seriously injured themselves or taken an overdose, go to A&E or call 999. A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical one.

This self assessment tool from the NHS can help you to think about how you’ve been feeling recently, and to find out if you might be suffering from depression.

It’s important to see your GP if you think you might be depressed. They can speak to you about your symptoms and recommend treatments to help you.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Some general symptoms of a low mood will usually go away after a few days or weeks. If you’re still feeling low after two weeks or longer, it could be a symptom of depression[1].

Other symptoms of depression can include:

  • feeling hopeless

  • feeling like you’re not getting any enjoyment out of life

  • finding it hard to concentrate on everyday activities

  • having suicidal thoughts or thoughts about harming yourself[1].

If you need urgent support or want to talk to someone straight away, there are a range of free, confidential mental health helplines available. Find contact options including phone, text, email and online chat services through Heads Together and Rethink Mental Illness. You can also contact the Samaritans.

Find out more about symptoms of depression.


April 2021

Next review

April 2024

Reviewed by

Gill Stone MRPharmS


  1. 1.

    Get help with low mood, sadness or depression. Published February 2, 2021. Accessed March 23, 2021.