Depression -- What are the Signs
Just as there are different types of depressive disorders, there are different signs and symptoms that may be experienced with depression. Not everyone who is depressed has all of the symptoms of depression. Symptoms may not be present all the time and the severity of the symptoms may also vary.
Below are some common symptoms of depression and mania. If you feel you or someone you care about may be suffering from a depressive disorder it is important to seek medical assistance. Talk with your doctor or a mental health professional about getting help for yourself or your loved one.
Signs of Depression
- Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
- Decreased energy, fatigue, being "slowed down"
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
- Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
- Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
- Restlessness, irritability
- Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain
Symptoms that may indicate a manic stage:
- Abnormal or excessive elation
- Unusual irritability
- Decreased need for sleep
- Grandiose notions
- Increased talking
- Racing thoughts
- Increased sexual desire
- Markedly increased energy
- Poor judgment
- Inappropriate social behavior
Again, if you feel you or someone you care about may be suffering from depression, it is important that you contact your doctor or a mental health professional.