Symptoms of depression
Not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom. Some people experience a few symptoms, some many. Severity of symptoms varies with individuals and also varies over time.
- Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- 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
- Sleeping too much or having trouble getting or staying asleep
- Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
- Restlessness, irritability
- Not enjoying being with people
- Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain
- Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
If you are experiencing several of these symptoms, see your doctor, who can help you get treatment that will help you feel better.