These are the symptoms of depression (according to the National Health Service (NHS) here in the UK):

continuous low mood or sadnessmoving or speaking more slowly than usualavoiding contact with friends and taking part in fewer social activities
feeling hopeless and helplesschanges in appetite or weight (usually decreased, but sometimes increased)neglecting your hobbies and interests
having low self-esteemconstipationhaving difficulties in your home, work or family life
feeling tearfulunexplained aches and pains
feeling guilt-riddenlack of energy
feeling irritable and intolerant of otherslow sex drive (loss of libido)
having no motivation or interest in thingschanges to your menstrual cycle
finding it difficult to make decisionsdisturbed sleep – for example, finding it difficult to fall asleep at night or waking up very early in the morning
not getting any enjoyment out of life
feeling anxious or worried
having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself
Symptoms of Depression

It took me blooming ages to make that table and colour it a beautifully symbolic blue, so make sure you take a good look at it.

You see, the thing is, I’m feeling a bit down this morning and, to be honest, for the last couple of days. It’s nothing that I can put my finger on and it could just be the effect of the chewing gum I’m using to pull stuff from the hole in my tooth that I can’t get fixed because the dentists can’t go near us because of some covid-19 stuff that’s killing people all over the planet. Or it could be …

You know what – forget it. I just took a break from this, had a bit of a snack (a choccy bar (sugar free), a bag of crisps and a nice cup of tea (sitting steaming on my right)) and wrote a list of all the things that are bugging me at the moment (a to-do-list in other words). And I feel stacks better now. Depression? Pah – it ain’t nothing but bio-chemistry and not sorting sh..tuff out (in my particular case).

But hey, if’n you are having some or all of these symptoms and they are affecting your ability to have a great day, then talk to someone about it. But probably not me – I’m a bit too pragmatic about this kinda stuff to do you any good.

Oh, here’s the list I made:

bugs list

Right, loving you and leaving you now – I’ve got stuff to do!

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