This article contains a list of common symptoms that are displayed when somebody is suffering from depression. If you feel any of these, or notice them in somebody else, it does not necessarily mean that depression is a problem, but it is an option, especially if 4 or more of these symptoms is evident consistently. Bear in mind that there are some physical illnesses which can bring on some of these, and there are some drugs which can also produce similar side-effects.
Depression is not the same as feeling "blue" for a while. People with depression can not simply "snap out of it" and get better. It is not a sign of weakness or a character flaw. Without treatment, symptoms can last weeks, months, or even years. Sometimes this happens to people for no obvious reason, even when their lives are going well. Other times, lifes events can play a major roll, e.g. stressful exams, a separation, a bereavement etc.
Listed here are common symptoms of depression
- Loss of enjoyment from things that were once pleasurable
- Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Uncontrollable crying
- Difficulty making decisions
- Loss of motivation
- Insomnia or excessive sleep
- Stomachache and digestive problems
- Sexual problems (for example, decreased sex drive)
- Pains and aches (for example, headache)
- A change in appetite causing weight loss or gain
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Attempting suicide
It is important to recognize the signs of depression and seek help if you or your loved one is exhibiting any of the above symptoms.