Depression makes us feel like we are not good enough and can be detrimental to our mental health. Symptoms include low self-esteem, feeling inadequate, guilty, or lonely, not being able to sleep, excessive comfort eating, excessive weight gain or loss, feelings of constant tiredness and fatigue.
Anxiety can be caused or aggravated by feelings of depression. Symptoms include not wanting to socialise with others, feelings of being overwhelmed, or irritation or agitation, feeling in a state of panic, or shaky, not eating or comfort eating, palpitations and nausea. For further information on how depression and anxiety can affect us, please visit https://covidwellbeingni.info/assets/pdfs/resources/wellbeing/AWARE_guide_to_looking_after_your_mental_health_during_Covid19_-_small.pdf
Further advice about coping with depression and anxiety can be found at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-taking-care-your-mental-health-and-wellbeing