At some point in our lives it is likely that all of us will experience low mood. Sometimes this is in reaction to a life event- a bereavement, a change in relationship or personal circumstances. Sometimes we might be feeling low with no clear trigger. These feelings of low mood might go with time and with the chance to talk with a friend or family member. However, occasionally these feelings can persist making it difficult to manage day to day life and can affect a person’s ability to function, making life feel like a struggle. Low mood can affect a person’s ability to work, study, socialise and develop relationships.
Low mood is usually thought to be characterised by feelings of sadness. However for some people it can involve a complete numbness of all feelings. Other feelings that can be linked to low mood include struggling to concentrate on uni work, struggling with sleep or feeling like you would prefer to be alone. All of these signs are common in low mood and are things that can change with time and with support of your friends, family or the wellbeing team.
It can feel daunting asking for help with low mood, some people blame themselves for the way they are feeling and try to cope alone. However, research shows that people who seek help are likely to overcome feeling low quicker than those who try to cope alone.
There are some things that you can try and do yourself to lift your mood, however, it is not always possible to do this alone and you may need to approach someone for support:
Details of sources of support are listed at the end of the web page.
You may not have feel flat or low yourself, but may be concerned about someone you care about or live with. If you have read this information and think that some of the symptoms apply to someone you know, then it may be that they are struggling. Below are some of the things that you could think about doing to help.