The symptoms of
depression may be hard to notice at first. They can be
different from person to person. You may confuse them with just feeling
"off" or "down." You also may confuse the symptoms with another health
The two most common symptoms of depression are:
- Feeling sad, empty, or tearful nearly every
- Losing interest in or not getting pleasure from most daily
activities that you used to enjoy, and feeling this way nearly every day.
If you have felt this way for at least two weeks, it is possible you are experiencing depression.
A serious symptom of depression is thinking about death and
suicide. If you or someone you care about talks about suicide or feeling
hopeless, get help right away.
You also may:
- Lose or gain weight. You may also feel like eating more or less
than usual almost every day.
- Sleep too much or not enough almost every day.
- Feel restless and not be able to sit still, or you may sit
quietly and feel that moving takes great effort. Others can easily see this
- Feel tired or as if you have no energy almost every day.
- Feel unworthy or guilty nearly every day. You may have low
self-esteem and worry that people don't like you.
- Find it hard to focus, remember things, or make decisions nearly
every day. You may feel anxious or worried about things.
to have periods of both energy and elation (mania) and
depression. This may be
bipolar disorder. If this happens to you, tell your
doctor. The treatments for depression and bipolar disorder are different.
Symptoms can vary
Symptoms can be mild, moderate,
- In mild depression, you have few symptoms.
- In moderate depression, you have more symptoms, and they are
beginning to change your life.
- In severe depression, the symptoms change your life and affect
your job or career and your relationships.
Depression can affect your physical health. You may have
headaches or other aches and pains or have digestive problems such as
constipation or diarrhea. You may have trouble having sex or may lose interest
in it. If you notice any of these changes, talk to your doctor. He or she may
be able to help.
Symptoms in older adults
Depression can make older adults confused or forgetful or cause
them to stop seeing friends and doing things. It can be confused with problems
Are you depressed?
If you think you may
have depression, take a short quiz to check your symptoms:
- Interactive Tool: Are You Depressed?
Other types of depression