Symptoms of Depression
Not everyone will experience the same symptoms of depression, some may become withdrawn and quiet, others may feel angry and full of restless energy.
These differences can make it hard for the individual to know if they are depressed or suffering with another condition and for others to understand what is going on.
Knowing what is ‘normal’ for you and seeking help when things seem to be going wrong is the first step to getting things back on track. Early intervention and treatment can really help improve the chances of a full recovery.
Emotional signs of depression:
- Low mood
- Low self esteem
- Lack of motivation
- Difficulty in making decisions
- No enjoyment in life
- Suicidal thoughts
- Self harming behaviour
- Feelings of guilt
- Irritability, losing temper easily
- Feeling of emptiness and hopelessness
Physical signs of depression:
- Change in appetite (either more or less)
- Aches and pains
- Stomach ache and constipation
- Loss of interest in sex
- Finding it hard to fall to sleep
- Waking up early in the morning
- Changes to menstrual cycle
- Restlessness (psychomotor agitation)
Social signs of depression:
- Not doing well at work
- Avoiding contact with friends
- Not enjoying activities previously enjoyed
- Having difficulties with friends and family
If you would like to talk to someone about your symptoms, please call 0203 326 9160 where someone will be able to advise you on your next steps.