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What are the symptoms of depression?

That’s a big question! People with depression may experience some or all of the following:

  • Sadness or unhappiness
  • Trouble sleeping—or sleeping too much
  • Little or no sex drive
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite, or a significant increase in appetite
  • Restlessness, trouble sitting still
  • Loss of energy, fatigue
  • Self blame, guilt, or a sense of worthlessness
  • Slowed thinking
  • Crying spells
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Unexplained headaches or back pain.

Depression affects people in different ways, and factors such as age, gender and family history can influence the symptoms of depression. If you or a person you know is having thoughts of suicide then it is important to get help right away. For example, you could contact a friend or family member, call a suicide hotline, or go to your hospital’s emergency room.