Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Symptoms of Depression are one of the most well known, however they are also one of the least talked about. Although stigma about mental health issues is decreasing, many people still have difficulty telling others they are depressed. One of the most common reasons people try to hide their symptoms is they will often get responses like “focus on the positive” or “what do you have to be depressed about?” Speaking with a Licensed Therapist, will be different than speaking with friends and family. In therapy, you can share anything you want, and you wont have to worrying about justifying your feelings.

Although family and friends mean well and sometimes have good suggestions, they care about you and seeing you sad is hard for them. They may not be able to recognize, accept and validate your feelings. Even when a family member or friend has mental health training or is a mental health professionals, they can’t be objective with you, it’s just the nature of how relationships work. It also isn’t good for your personal relationships if you talk about your feelings, or theirs, all the time. By speaking with a therapist about your depression, your personal relationships can become more fulfilling and “go back to normal”. If you want to get started on feeling better, call us now and make an appointment.

Below are 10 of the most common symptoms of depression in adults.

  1. Feeling sad or gloomy
  2. Crying unexpectedly, or not being able to stop crying once you start
  3. Not having interest in doing things you used to like
  4. Isolating from others
  5. Losing your appetite, or having a significant increase in appetite, usually associated with a stressor
  6. Feeling irritable, and not wanting to talk to others
  7. Having little interest in activity with your sexual partner
  8. Disturbed sleep patterns such as tossing and turning, not being able to fall asleep, or waking up frequently throughout the night
  9. Difficulty remembering things, and or feeling “foggy” or “out of it”
  10. Thoughts about death or dying, feeling like you “just want it all to go away” or “stay asleep so you don’t have to deal with it”

Severe Symptoms of Depression

  • Not sleeping or getting less than 5 hours of sleep per night, multiple nights in a row, or multiple nights in the same week
  • Not eating, usually resulting in significant, rapid weight loss
  • Wishing you were dead, or were never born, thoughts of suicide
  • Feeling hopeless and helpless, especially after a major loss or traumatic event
  • Hallucinations such as seeing shadows or hearing voices or talking that others don’t hear
  • Abusing alcohol, drugs or medications to cope with the feelings of sadness

If you any of the above severe symptoms of depression, you should get help right away.


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