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Feeling low, sad, dull or empty
Not enjoying things as much as before
Feeling fatigued or tired
Sleeping too much or not enough
Thinking badly of yourself, thinking that you're a failure
Not being able to pay attention to things like TV or books
Thinking you're to blame, or thinking you've let people down
Not eating enough, binge eating or eating too much
Moving or speaking slowly or being fidgety or restless
Including constipation, diarrhoea, weight loss, headaches, dizziness and palpitations
Thinking about killing or hurting yourself.
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The vicious cycle is the key to beating depression: If you change the way you think, or what you do, you will break the vicious cycle and recover from depression.
Tablets can help recovery from depression: Antidepressant tablets can help speed up the recovery from depression and can help with things like poor sleep. Make an appointment to see your doctor if you are interested in using tablets. If not then that’s fine- people do recover without medication.
Do one session a week and don’t forget your homework: Don’t rush through this course- make sure you only do one session each week. At the end of each session there is homework, which is an essential part of the course. You can find your homework in the yellow box below.
1. Decide exactly when you are going to come back next week to do session two and make sure you don’t forget! You could use a reminder in your phone, write it on a calendar or use a post-it note, whatever works for you.
2. Over the next week keep looking at the vicious cycle you made and see if you notice how your thoughts and behaviours (the things you do) influence how you feel. Add to the cycle if you notice any more unhelpful thoughts or things that you do.