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Saturday, 21 November 2009 02:59

Depression Symptoms

To drill down further (from the Depression Page), look at how you are in these five main areas of expression: how you feel, how you think, how you act or behave, the quality of your social connections and any physical symptoms you may have. If a lot of these points are familiar to you, it may be worth getting a more thorough assessment or speaking to someone.


  • Sad most of the time
  • Helpless or overwhelmed to manage life
  • Hopeless anything can get better or that the future looks bleak or worse...
  • Anxious
  • Lack of pleasure in things you would normally find enjoyable
  • Guilty in a way that is inappropriate or excessive to the situation
  • Excessive anger or rage
  • 'Stressed' a lot of the time
  • Reactive to criticism / sensitive to feedback
  • Your best feeling is 'flat'

Thinking (referred to as cognition)...

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Scattered thinking
  • Memory problems
  • Thinking about death or suicide
  • Persistent worrying or brooding (called rumination)
  • Unable to decide and be clear in many areas
  • Being negative in many situations
  • Being critical of yourself or others
  • Mentally agitated


  • Putting off or avoiding; procrastinating
  • Acting in ways that are detrimental to your welfare; being self-destructive
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Or other activities that you repeatedly turn to that are not in your overall best interests (e.g. poor eating)
  • Disrupted sleep routines; finding it hard to take yourself to bed or get out of bed in the morning

Social connections...

  • Feeling isolated
  • Withdrawal from people and social situations
  • Lack of interest in previously enjoyed social activities
  • Irritability around others, "snapping" at people for no good reason

Physical symptoms...

  • Drained or tired even though sleep may not be an issue; fatigue
  • Sleep disturbance (unable to sleep even when tired, waking during the night, sleeping to long or too little)
  • Simple tasks are daunting and exhausting when usually you are more than capable of handling them
  • Low desire or interest in sex
  • Changed eating habits, including eating too much or too little or excessive junk food rather than making a better meal
  • Physically agitated


Anxiety alone can be a debilitating and personally restricting illness, seriously affecting quality of life. However, where anxiety is, depression can often be seen lurking behind. If you experience anxiety, seek treatment because it can also predict later onset of depression. Also, anxiety and depression can frequently be experienced together (known as co-morbidity), making matters more difficult.

For more information on depression see:

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Guy Vicars

Guy Vicars is an individual psychotherapist and relationship therapist in private practice. Guy has two professional areas he is passionate about: helping people with their relationships and helping people who suffer depression.


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