Depression is more than just feeling sad or having a tough day. It is a serious mood disorder with symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. Some of the signs of depression include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment

You may not experience every symptom, as some people only experience a few. The severity, duration, and frequency of symptoms vary — therefore if you find yourself suffering from some of the signs, schedule an appointment with your doctor.

 

Source: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)