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Depression

Psychological symptoms

  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Tearfulness
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Feeling irritable and intolerant of others
  • Lack of motivation and less interest, and difficulty in making decisions
  • Lack of enjoyment
  • Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming someone else
  • Feeling anxious or worried

Physical symptoms

  • Slowed movement or speech.
  • Change in appetite or weight
  • Constipation.
  • Unexplained aches and pains.
  • Lack of energy.
  • Changes to the menstrual cycle.
  • Disturbed sleep patterns (for example, problems getting off to sleep or waking in the early hours of the morning)

Social Symptoms

  • Not performing well at work.
  • Taking part in fewer social activities and avoiding contact.
  • Feeling isolated.
  • Reduced hobbies and interests, and difficulties in home and family life

Source: NHS UK Website

Did you know ?

The symptoms of depression can be complex.

They are more than feeling down, and can include psychological, physical and social symptoms, which can often cause depressed 

people to lose interest in things they used to enjoy.

The symptoms of depression can get in the way of the everyday activities of normal life.