Depression Symptoms

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Thu, 06/24/2010

Recognizing the symptoms of depression is important for getting the timely help. Common signs are decreased pleasure, difficult sleeping, appetite change and nervous.

Mental and metabolic symptoms of depression

  • Decreased pleasure – losing interest in doing normal daily activities,
  • Difficulty sleeping – trouble falling asleep, wake often during sleep, or significantly increased need to sleep including during the daytime.
  • Appetite change – eating volume change may increases or decreases from normal.
  • Change in body weight – sudden gain or loss relating to appetite change.
  • Difficult concentrating – even not able to concentrate in your normal interest and other thoughts or feelings get in the way.
  • Low energy – feel tired most of the time.
  • Nervous – feel anxious and cannot be able to sit still.
  • Guilty feeling – have a feel “never do anything right” and a thought of worthless and as a burden to others.
  • Sadness – feel very sad, particularly in the morning than in the rest of the day.
  • Suicidal thought – always feels and wants to die or thinking to hurt themselves.

If you have three or more of these above symptoms, it is time to get help.

Physical sign and symptoms of depression

  • Appearance of preoccupation
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Memory loss, poor concentration, and poor abstract reasoning
  • Pacing, hand wringing, and pulling on hair
  • Psychomotor retardation or agitation, such as slowed speech, sighs, and long pauses.
  • Self-deprecatory manner, or belligerence and defiance (especially in adolescents)
  • Slowed body movements, even to the extent of being motionlessness or catatonia
  • Tearfulness or sad countenance