What are the symptoms of depression?
The symptoms of depression are different for every person. You may have one or many of the symptoms listed below. Your symptoms may include only emotional or only physical symptoms, or both.
- Crying easily or for no reason
- Feeling guilty or worthless
- Feeling restless, irritated, and easily annoyed
- Feeling sad, numb, or hopeless
- Losing interest or pleasure in things you used to enjoy (including sex)
- Thinking about death or suicide
- Changes in appetite (eating more than usual, or eating less than usual)
- Feeling very tired all the time
- Having other aches and pains that don't get better with treatment
- Having trouble paying attention, recalling things, concentrating, and making decisions
- Headaches, backaches, or digestive problems
- Sleeping too much, or having problems sleeping
- Unintended weight loss or gain
The symptoms of depression may be different for children, teens, and seniors.
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