WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION


People with depressive illness do not all experience the same symptoms. The types, severity, frequency, and duration of symptoms can vary greatly from person to person. Not every person who is depressed experiences every symptom. Some people will experience a few symptoms, and some may experience many.

Symptoms of Depression include emotional and physical experiences:

• Persistently sad mood

• Overwhelming and uncontrollable negative thoughts

• Anahedonia – markedly diminished interest or pleasure in most or all activities of daily living

• Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much

• Loss of appetite or significant increase in appetite

• Jittery, jumpy, or sluggish

• Feelings of fatigue/loss of energy

• Feeling of hopelessness and helplessness

• Feeling of worthlessness and/or self-loathing

• Diminished ability to concentrate

• Excessive or inappropriate guilt

• Aches and pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems

• Irritability, aggression or anger

• Increase in alcohol consumption and/or reckless behavior

• Recurrent thoughts of death

Thoughts that your life is not worth living
(seek help immediately if this is the case)


Adults suffering from depression may miss days from work, find it difficult to concentrate on reading the newspaper or watching television, or may experience little interest or pleasure in doing things they once enjoyed. Children suffering from depression may have a tendency to cry for no apparent reason, experience outbursts of anger, or seem especially sensitive or irritable.