Depression Symptoms

Find out what depression symptoms are.
Learn how to recognize depression and evaluate intensity of symptoms.

Depressed people may experience various emotional, mental and physical symptoms. Different people have different symptoms of depression, but they usually experience deep sadness. Depression symptoms may range in intensity from mild to severe, and may vary over time. The feelings that are depression symptoms may cause the physical symptoms.

Here are some depression signs and symptoms, and if five or more of them have been present for more than two weeks,  please consult your doctor for a thorough evaluation:

  • Persistent sadness
  • Lack of motivation
  • Fear
  • Low self-esteem
  • Pessimism
  • Hopelessness, helplessness, emptiness
  • Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
  • Inability to take pleasure and interests in life
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating, making decisions
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
  • Sleep disturbances (either insomnia or excessive sleeping)
  • Changes in appetite and body weight (either increased or decreased)
  • Irritability and anger
  • Unexplained crying spells
  • Feeling tense, anxious and restless
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment such as headaches, muscle tension, chronic pain, digestive disorders
  • Sexual problems
  • Social withdrawal
  • Lack of attention to personal care

Here is our Depression Test to help you evaluate your symptoms. The test does not replace a psychiatric evaluation. Your doctor can help you select the best depression treatment.

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