Not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom. Some people experience only a few symptoms, some people suffer many. The severity of symptoms varies among individuals and also over time.

 

As you read through these signs and symptoms, identify those that describe what you are feeling:

  • Persistent, sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy, fatique, being “slowed down”
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms

If you have identified one or more of these signs and symptoms, talk to your doctor. You can also contact your behavioral health provider directly to arrange to speak or meet with a behavioral health specialist.

To learn more about depression and it's symptoms, visit the National Institute of Mental Health website.

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