Symptoms of depression

Depression symptoms, how severe they are, and how long they last, will vary among people. Symptoms can include:

  • sad, anxious or "empty" feelings
  • feeling hopeless and/or negative
  • feeling guilty, worthless and/or helpless
  • feeling irritable or restless
  • losing interest in activities or hobbies you once enjoyed (including sex)
  • feeling tired or having less energy than normal
  • having trouble concentrating, remembering details or making decisions
  • trouble falling asleep, waking up early, or sleeping too much
  • changes in appetite and weight
  • having thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts
  • having aches and pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not go away with treatment

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education, Depression Workbook, mh-ahc-94394
First Published: 01/01/2011
Last Reviewed: 01/01/2011

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