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
- 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.