Signs and Symptoms of Depression

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Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Each person experiences depression in a unique manner. However, there are common symptoms that can be seen in most types of depression. These signs and symptoms include the following:

  • A certainty that nothing will ever improve and nothing you do will help.
  • Overbearing feeling of sadness that won't go away
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • A sense of worthlessness or low self-esteem
  • Low frustration tolerance, irritability, agitation or restlessness
  • Reduced enjoyment in previously pleaurable activities (i.e., getting together with friends, enjoying hobbies, etc.)
  • Feelings of exhaustion that you cannot shake regardless of how much sleep you get
  • Disrupted sleep (i.e. either difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, awakening too early in the morning)
  • Poor memory or difficulty focusing, making decisions, or learning new material
  • Changes in appetite that result in weight gain or loss of over 10lbs
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts or a desire to self-harm
  • Physical discomfort, aches and pains, headaches, or stomach discomfort not explained by other medical problems