In this section you can find out about the experience of depression by seeing and hearing people share their personal stories on film. Researchers travelled all around the UK to talk to 38 people in their own homes. Find out what people said about issues such as childhood, therapies, self-help and impact on work and family. In recent times, bipolar disorder (which includes episodes of mania and depression) and depression have come to be considered as separate – yet related – conditions, mainly because the treatments required are different. On this website we have included experiences of both. We hope you find the information helpful and reassuring.
You can start viewing topics by clicking 'Next Topic' above, or selecting from the list on the left. You can also view 'People's Profiles' from the tab above.
You may also be interested in our other mental health sections and our section on young people’s experiences of depression and low mood.
This section is based on research by the Health Experiences Research Group.
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Department of Health
Publication date: October 2004
Last updated: September 2017
Review date: September 2019