Frequently Asked Questions

7. What are the symptoms of depression?

There are many symptoms associated with depression, and some will vary depending on the individual. However, some of the most common symptoms are listed below. If you have several of these symptoms for more than two weeks, you may have depression.

  • persistent sad, anxious or "empty" mood
  • feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • irritability, restlessness or having trouble sitting still
  • feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • loss of interest in once pleasurable activities, including sex
  • decreased energy or fatigue
  • moving or talking more slowly
  • difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  • difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • eating more or less than usual, usually with unplanned weight gain or loss
  • feeling like life is not worth living
  • thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
  • aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment
  • frequent crying