Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you.
People with depressive illnesses will not experience all the same symptoms. The severity, frequency, and duration of symptoms vary with the individual and their life situation.
Signs and symptoms include:
□ Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
□ Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
□ Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
□ Irritability, restlessness
□ Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
□ Fatigue and decreased energy
□ Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
□ Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
□ Overeating, or appetite loss
□ Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts