Mental health

Depression

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Feeling sad and low or temporarily out of balance is common and is something that affects everyone. It is a part of life. But if you experience a lengthy period of feeling low and hopeless and feelings of meaninglessness, you may have developed depression.

A person can develop depression for a lot of different reasons. For example, long-term stress that you can do nothing about and loss of or conflict with someone important to you can cause you to become depressed. Sometimes, however, it is not possible to pinpoint anything in particular that happened before you became depressed. This is particularly true if you have repeated episodes of depression.

Just under half of all women and a quarter of all men in Sweden experience depression that may require treatment at some point in their lives.

Good quality sleep is important if you want to feel healthy. If you have difficulty sleeping, you can try reading or listening to music or an audio book to take your mind off things.

Learning a relaxation technique can also be a useful way of managing stress and getting more rest in everyday life.

Daylight is important for mental wellbeing. That is why it is a good idea to take a walk or go out cycling in the middle of the day when it is lightest. Having good lighting at home and at work can have a positive effect on your mood.

It is important to eat regularly, even if you do not have much of an appetite. Trying to maintain good eating habits is particularly important when you are depressed or are recovering from depression. 

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