14 Signs that You Might Be Depressed - dummies

14 Signs that You Might Be Depressed

By Laura L. Smith, Charles H. Elliott

Part of Depression For Dummies Cheat Sheet

People experience depression in different ways. This symptom checklist can provide you with a rough idea as to whether you are experiencing depression. Note any and all that apply to you.

  • Feeling worthless

  • Change in appetite

  • Avoiding contact with other people

  • Less energy than usual

  • Not looking forward to anything

  • More aches and pains than usual

  • Unable to concentrate like usual

  • Feelings of guilt

  • Loss of interest in hobbies and things

  • Feeling hopeless

  • Feeling sad and empty

  • Sleeping less

  • Dwelling on thoughts of death

  • Unable to make decisions

Any of these symptoms can indicate that you’re not feeling up to par. Merely checking one or two doesn’t necessarily mean you’re depressed, but the more items you check, the greater the concern of possible depression.

Anyone can have these feelings for a little while. You should only be concerned if these symptoms last for more than a week or two. However, if you’re having thoughts of suicide or death, get help, now.