Depression is a mood disorder that can affect how you think, feel, and act and can lead to a number of emotional and physical problems. Clinical depression is more than feeling sad in response to setbacks and other stressful situations—it can be a persistent feeling of hopelessness.
As with many other mental disorders, depression is not a weakness and you can’t just “get over it.” It’s important that you learn the physical signs of depression so you can receive the treatment that you need.
Here is a list of 10 signs of depression. Note that as every person is different, you don’t have to experience all of these signs to have had developed depression.
- Feelings of sadness, emptiness, or anxiety
- Angry outbursts of irritability, even over small matters
- Slowed thinking, speaking, and movement
- Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and guilt
- Sleep disturbances (e.g. insomnia, sleeping too much, etc.)
- Lack of appetite
- Unexplained physical problems like headaches and back pain
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Loss of interest in most, if not all, activities including sex, hobbies, or sports
- Trouble concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
For most, depression symptoms can disrupt day-to-day activities such as school, work, or social outings. Some people even develop frequent or recurrent thoughts of death or suicidal thoughts.
To learn more about mental illnesses including depression, view our online resources.