What are the symptoms of depression?
The main symptoms of depression are losing pleasure in things that you once enjoyed and losing interest in people and your usual activities.
People with depression typically experience lots of negative thoughts as well as feelings of guilt and worthlessness. You may often criticise yourself and lack confidence.
|How we feel||How we behave|
|Down, upset or tearful||Avoiding social events and activities you usually enjoy|
|Restless or irritable and tired||Finding it difficult to speak or think clearly|
|Guilty, worthless and down on yourself||Difficulty remembering or concentrating on things|
|Empty and numb||Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much|
|Isolated and unable to relate to people||Feeling more tired and having less energy than you usually do|
|Finding no pleasure in life or things you usually enjoy||Loss of appetite and losing weight, or eating too much and putting on weight|
|No self-confidence or self-esteem||Losing interest in sex; avoiding situations|
|Hopeless and despairing||Moving very slowly, or being restless|
|Suicidal||Self-harming and suicidal behaviour|
People may have a single episode of depression but about half of people will have more episodes. Most people will feel better within 4 to 6 months of an episode of depression, while others have symptoms for much longer.