Rochdale and District Mind offer a wide variety of services to help local residents suffering from depression. 

Please click here to access our services.

The section below explains more about depression , including possible causes and general information on how you can access treatment and support. It includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

Are there different types of depression?

If you are given a diagnosis of depression, you might be told that you have mild, moderate or severe depression. This describes what sort of impact your symptoms are having on you currently, and what sort of treatment you're likely to be offered. You might move between different mild, moderate and severe depression during one episode of depression or across different episodes.

There are also some specific types of depression:
•Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – depression that usually (but not always) occurs in the winter. SAD Association provides information and advice. See our page on SAD for more information.
•Dysthymia – continuous mild depression that lasts for two years or more. Also called persistent depressive disorder or chronic depression.
•Prenatal depression – sometimes also called antenatal depression, it occurs during pregnancy.
•Postnatal depression (PND) – occurs in the weeks and months after becoming a parent. Postnatal depression is usually diagnosed in women but it can affect men, too.

Symptoms of Depression

How you might feel 
•down, upset or tearful
•restless, agitated or irritable
•guilty, worthless and down on yourself
•empty and numb
•isolated and unable to relate to other people
•finding no pleasure in life or things you usually enjoy
•a sense of unreality
•no self-confidence or self-esteem
•hopeless and despairing

Clicking on the questions below will take you directly to our Depression Frequently Asked Questions section to give you detailed answers to these frequently asked questions

National Mind produce an excellent booklet on Understanding Depression - click  to see a PDF of this booklet