Symptoms of Depression

Depression – What is it?

Depression is a condition characterised by prolonged feelings of sadness or despondency that interfere with the sufferer’s everyday life. It often includes feelings of hopelessness and low self-worth. A person with depression can find it difficult to maintain an interest, whether it’s in what’s going on around them or life in general.

Symptoms of Depression

If you or someone you know thinks they might be suffering from depression, common symptoms to look out for include:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Isolating behaviour
  • Social anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Lost pride in appearance
  • Angry outbursts
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Self-harm
  • Losing motivation
  • Having difficulty concentrating or remembering things
  • Having feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Talking negatively about yourself
  • Lacking energy and feeling constantly fatigued
  • Having difficulty sleeping
  • Feeling helpless and overwhelmed
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Eating more than usual or having no appetite
  • Losing or gaining weight  
  • Having headaches or joint pains
  • Losing interest in sex
  • Relying on alcohol or sedatives as a coping tool

If you or a loved one are experiencing some of the above symptoms, you may have depression and a simple call to our admissions team is the first step in seeing if we can help.