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Symptoms of depression

When a person is clinically depressed, his or her ability to function both mentally and physically is affected, and the trouble may last for weeks, months or even years. Here is a list of the most common signs of depression. If several of these symptoms last for more than 2 weeks, see a doctor.

An "empty" feeling, ongoing sadness and anxiety

Tiredness, lack of energy

Loss of interest or pleasure in ordinary activities, including sex

Sleep problems, including very early morning awakening

Problems with eating and weight (gain or loss)

A lot of crying

Aches and pains that just won’t go away

Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions

Feelings that the future looks grim; feeling guilty, helpless, or worthless


Thoughts of death or suicide; a suicide attempt.

Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder Common to Adults, Children, and Adolescents

Persistent sad or irritable mood

Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed

Significant change in appetite or body weight

Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping

Psychomotor agitation or retardation

Loss of energy

Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt

Difficulty concentrating

Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

Signs That May Be Associated with Depression in Children and Adolescents

Frequent vague, non-specific physical complaints such as headaches, muscle aches, stomachaches or tiredness

Frequent absences from school or poor performance in school

Talk of or efforts to run away from home

Outbursts of shouting, complaining, unexplained irritability, or crying

Being bored

Lack of interest in playing with friends

Alcohol or substance abuse

Social isolation, poor communication

Fear of death

Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure

Increased irritability, anger, or hostility

Reckless behavior

Difficulty with relationships

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