Signs & Symptoms of Depression
Different people will experience symptoms of depression differently. The most common symptoms are usually experiencing a depressed mood and a loss of enjoyment or interest in activities that you previously enjoyed. This would be something experienced on an almost daily basis for at least 2 weeks. It’s important to note that everyone might experience some of the symptoms below at some point in time, especially when going through a rough patch. It will not necessarily mean that you are depressed. However, if you feel that the below are starting to cause distress, interfere with your ability to carry out day-to-day tasks or affect your relationships, it might be worthwhile to speak to a professional.
You might be experiencing lack of energy or feeling constantly tired. You could be sleeping too much or too little, over-eating or losing appetite. Other symptoms include constipation, irregular menstrual cycle, loss of sexual desire, headaches and unexplained aches and pains.
You might be feeling sad, anxious, guilty, irritable or angry. You could also be experiencing mood swings or feeling numb, helpless and like there is no hope.
Common symptoms include reduced interest in self-care and motivation, struggling to keep up with responsibilities, crying, withdrawing from others, feeling slowed down, harming yourself or using drugs or alcohol.
Blaming or criticising yourself, worrying, struggling with remembering and concentrating and having a negative outlook on life are all symptoms of depression. You might believe others see you in a negative light and might find yourself thinking of death and suicide.
If you or someone you know are experiencing any of the above, you can check out our checklist which is simple, anonymous and easy to fill in. Although it will not provide a diagnosis, it will help give you an idea of what you are experiencing. You can also check out the list of supports available here.