Symptoms of Depression

There are no fail-proof, scientific methods to diagnose depression. It is not an illness that you can detect with full-body scans, or with blood samples. People around you may notice changes in your personality and you may too.

Self-diagnosis is not recommended and a health care professional should always be sought out for concerns. However, there are some tell-tale signs of depression that might hint towards a much needed talk with a doctor or pharmacist. Should you have most of the symptoms below, and should you feel them every day since at least 2 weeks straight, consult your health care professional immediately, especially if they have prevented you from living your life normally.

 

Insomnia
(Lack of Sleep)
Hypersomnia
(Excessive Sleep)
 Weight Loss Weight Gain
Sluggishness & Inertia Restlessness & Agitation
 High Fluctuation of Mood  

 

Some symptoms may be more insidious and have a huge impact over time. Here are some examples:

Loss of Interest 
In family, friends, work
Loss of Enjoyment
In things that used to excite
Impaired Concentration & Decision Making Plaguing Feelings of
Emptiness & Apathy
Dark Mood
Negativity, Anxiety, Paranoia, Despair, Guilt
Suicidal tendencies
From thoughts about death to planning the act
Mysterious, unexplained 
Pain & Aches