Low mood

It’s normal for people to experience feelings of low mood after diagnosis of, or treatment for an illness. People often find that they lose motivation and interest in things and withdraw from family and friends, they can feel down, tired and can become critical of themselves.

These are all normal reactions and there are ways to help you manage these thoughts, emotions and reactions, which will make you feel better in time.

Low mood is the body’s natural response when we experience upsetting life events. We can get into a vicious cycle of low mood where our negative thoughts, emotions, behaviours and bodily sensations can all work together to keep us feeling low. See below for things you can do to help you to break out of the vicious cycle and improve your mood.

Workbook- Depression and low mood. An NHS self-help guide (Northumberland Tyne and Wear) (276kb)
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Useful books

Overcoming Depression and Low Mood: A Five Areas Approach by Chris Williams.
Pick Me Up – pocket self-help guides by Chris Williams
Overcoming Depression : A self-help guide using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques
The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris