Signs and symptoms of depression
Depression can change the way people think, feel, and behave. Everyone’s experience is different — but many people describe feeling deeply unhappy, over a long period of time, without knowing why.
It’s not always easy to recognize depression in yourself or someone else, but there are common symptoms to look out for:
Feeling sad, blue, tearful, hopeless, guilty, anxious, or irritable
Changes in appetite and/or weight
Sleeping too much or too little
Fatigue and low energy
Problems concentrating, focusing, making decisions, or remembering
Loss of pleasure in activities you usually enjoy
Feeling life isn’t worth living or having thoughts of death or suicide
Hope and help for depression
Fortunately, many people get better when they have the right support. If you think you may be depressed, take our self-assessment.
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