How To Recognize Depression Symptoms

Warning signs, or symptoms of depression include, sad or empty mood, feelings of worthlessness, feelings of hopelessness, decreased energy. Read more.In the briefest possible terms, here are the warning signs, or symptoms, of depression. If you, or someone you know, exhibits 5 or more of these signs, for more than 2 weeks, then you, or he or she, needs to get help.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Persistent sad, anxious, numb, or "empty" mood
  • Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, guilt
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that you once enjoyed
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, being "slowed down" or feeling sluggish
  • Increased appetite with weight gain, or decreased appetite with weight loss
  • Thoughts of self-injury, or attempting to injure yourself
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
  • Restlessness, irritability, nervousness
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering things, or making decisions
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, backaches, etc.

Keep in mind that these are only possible signs of depression. They don't necessarily mean you are suffering from depression. There are some physical illnesses which can bring on some of these, and there are some drugs which can produce similar side-effects. This is why it is very important to get help. If you do, in fact, have clinical depression, you can get treatment; and if that is not what's wrong with you, then obviously there is something else, which needs attention.

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Staff, H. (2008, December 18). How To Recognize Depression Symptoms, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 22 from

Last Updated: June 20, 2016

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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