Being depressed can show itself in different ways. It commonly affects how you feel, how you see yourself and your relationships with other people.
Experiencing a number of the symptoms below on most days over the past month or more suggests you, or your relative, could need help:
- feeling tired most of the time
- sleeping badly - difficulty getting to sleep or waking up early and being unable to go back to sleep
- loss of appetite or eating more than usual
- weight change over a relatively short time – loss or gain
- experiencing physical aches and pains and unfounded fears of serious illness
- feeling apathetic and unable to enjoy things you normally enjoy
- distancing yourself from people, particularly those close to you
- being reluctant to engage in usual activities or leave your house
- losing confidence in yourself and feeling life is pointless
- being self-critical and feeling guilty
- being unable to concentrate
- feeling anxious
- having suicidal thoughts
Symptoms that also suggest a physical illness – such as tiredness, weight loss, problems sleeping and aches and pains - tend to be more typical in older people who are depressed and can disguise an underlying depression.