Symptoms and Signs


Not all people with depression will have all these symptoms or have them to the same degree.
If a person has four or more of these symptoms, if nothing can make them go away, and
if they last more than two weeks, a doctor or psychiatrist should be consulted.

Persistent sad or “empty” mood.
Feeling hopeless, helpless, worthless, pessimistic and or guilty .
Substance abuse.
Fatigue or loss of interest in ordinary activities, including sex.
Disturbances in eating and sleeping patterns.
Irritability, increased crying, anxiety and panic attacks.
Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions.
Thoughts of suicide; suicide plans or attempts.
Persistent physical symptoms or pains that do not respond to treatment.


Talking about suicide.
Statements about hopelessness, helplessness, or worthlessness.
Preoccupation with death.
Suddenly happier, calmer.
Loss of interest in things one cares about.
Visiting or calling people one cares about.
Making arrangements; setting one’s affairs in order.
Giving things away.

A suicidal person urgently needs to see a doctor or psychiatrist.

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