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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