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Symptoms of depression

The symptoms of depression can be physical, emotional and social.

Emotional symptoms

  • A continuous low mood or sadness
  • Feeling hopeless and helpless
  • Low self-esteem
  • Tearful
  • Feeling guilty
  • Feeling irritable and intolerant of others
  • Lack of motivation
  • Finding it difficult to make decisions
  • Lack of enjoyment
  • Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming someone else
  • Feeling anxious or worried
  • Less interest in sex than usual.

Physical symptoms

  • Slower than usual movement or speech
  • Decrease in appetite or weight (sometimes they can increase)
  • Constipation
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Changes to the menstrual cycle
  • Disturbed sleep (for example, problems going to sleep or waking in the early hours of the morning).

Social symptoms

  • Unable to work properly
  • Less interest in social activities and friends than usual
  • Problems at home.