Our mood, which is how we are feeling and our emotions, is changeable and for a lot of us it is normal to feel low at times, to have days where we might struggle, and feel unmotivated to go out or do the activities we enjoy.
However, for some of us, this may develop into a persistent low mood which is where that low feeling continues and starts to impact on day to day life. We may stop doing things that we enjoy doing, we might feel sad and flat a lot of the time and feel unmotivated. We may also stop seeing friends and spend more time in our bedrooms. We may also distance yourselves from family or feel more argumentative with them.
If low mood continues and we do not get the right support or treatment, then this can develop into depression.
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Low mood can be treated, and the first step is trying to start doing the thing you used to enjoy doing, even if this feels really difficult. It is helpful to make a plan of what you want to do and follow the plan rather than your mood. This will help you to get more out of life so you feel better. An activity plan can help with this.
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