Symptoms of Depression

It is important to understand the symptoms of depression in order to be able to spot these in a friend, family member, or work colleague who you think might be suffering from the illness. We would recommend that if you experience any of the following symptoms for more than two weeks that you seek urgent help from your GP.

These symptoms include:

  • - An unusually sad mood that doesn’t go away
  • - Loss of enjoyment and interest in activities that used to be enjoyable
  • - Tiredness and lack of energy

In addition, people who are depressed can have a range of other symptoms such as;

  • - Loss of confidence in themselves or poor self-esteem
  • - Feeling guilty when they are not really at fault
  • - Wishing they were dead
  • - Difficulty making decisions and concentrating
  • - Moving more slowly or becoming agitated and unable to settle
  • - Having difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • - Loss of interest in food or eating more than usual, leading to weight loss or weight gain.

The number and severity of symptoms experienced will determine whether the depression is diagnosed as mild, moderate or severe. It is important to visit your GP if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

AWARE has 25 support groups throughout Northern Ireland which welcome people with depression as well as the family and carers of people with depression. For more information on our support groups, please click here

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