What are the common symptoms of depression?

People with depression have several of the following:
  • Loss of energy
  • Change in appetite
  • Sleeping more or less
  • Angry outbursts
  • Reduced concentration
  • Indecisiveness
  • Restlessness
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
  • Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
Some people may not recognize the symptoms or think symptoms are due to a lack of sleep or a poor diet. Symptoms of depression may be different or less obvious in older adults, such as:
  • Memory difficulties or personality changes
  • Physical aches or pain
  • Fatigue, loss of appetite, sleep problems, aches or loss of interest in sex — not caused by a medical condition or medication
  • Often wanting to stay at home, rather than going out to socialize or doing new things
  • Suicidal thinking or feeling, especially in older men
In teens, symptoms of depression may include:
  • Sadness, irritability, and anger
  • Feeling negative and worthless
  • Poor performance or poor attendance at school
  • Feeling misunderstood and extremely sensitive
  • Using drugs or alcohol
  • Eating or sleeping too much
  • Self-harm
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Avoidance of social interaction
In younger children, symptoms may include:
  • Sadness, irritability, clinginess, and worry
  • Aches and pains 
  • Refusing to go to school
  • Being underweight
Emergency help
If you think you may hurt yourself or attempt suicide, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
  • Call your mental health specialist and seek help
  • Call a suicide hotline number — in the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-  8255)
  • Reach out to a close friend or loved one 
If a loved one or friend is in danger of attempting suicide or has made an attempt:
  • Make sure someone stays with that person
  • Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately
  • Take the person to the nearest hospital emergency room
depression symptoms

  • "Depression: Overview." National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 12 Jan. 2017. Web. 18 Apr. 2017.
  • "Depression (major Depression)." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 07 July 2016. Web. 18 Apr. 2017.
  • "Depression: What You Should Know." 


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