There are many different types of depression but overall they share the same types of symptoms. Here is a guide to help you identify the many different symptoms of depression.
Mood Swings - Going from happy to mad or sad with no identifiable cause is one of the most easily identifiable symptoms of depression.
Weight Gain - If weight gain is experienced it is often caused by over eating or an increase in the consumption of junk foods (comfort foods) and a decrease in activity which can be triggered by depression, anxiety or other mood disorders.
Weight Loss due to Loss of Appetite - Some individuals do not experience weight gain as a symptom or sign of depression but will instead experience a noticeable weight loss. When depressed it is not uncommon for an individual to either not feel hungry or simply to forget or refuse to eat.
Change in Sleep Patterns or Habits - Someone suffering from depression is more likely to experience one of the following:
Insomnia - Difficulty falling or staying asleep
Hypersomnia - Difficulty getting up also referred to as oversleeping or extensive sleepiness.
Sense of Worthlessness - Those dealing with symptoms of depression will often be overcome with a poor self esteem and low personal view of themselves and their usefulness.
Lack of Motivation and or Interest - Symptoms of depression are not always easy to identify, depending on the extent and type of depression that is being experienced. A sufferer may exhibit different levels of withdrawal from live and loss of interest.
Typically you will notice the afflicted opting out of outside activities and get togethers that they may have once enjoyed participating in. Not wanting to participate at home with family and friends may also be another sign.
Loss of focus - Another one of the symptoms a depression sufferer may deal with is the inability to concentrate on any particular task for any amount of time. This will often have a negative impact of both their work and home life.
The above are only some of the most common symptoms of depression that one may notice or experience. Other symptoms may also be experienced as well depending on the individual and often times even the above symptoms can go unnoticed.
It is important to understand that not all depression is the same and the best treatment may vary based on that fact. None-the-less it is extremely serious. So, if you or someone you know is experiencing or displaying symptoms of depression, seek help and treatment from a medical or mental health professional as soon as possible.
Some helpful resources for anyone dealing with depression symptoms -
Websites to find more information on treatment options and just additional information:
health.discovery.com (search for depression on their site search)
Hotlines that are there to provide a listening ear or to help talk you through a rough patch, these can be used by anyone not just those who are depressed but anyone who is experiencing thoughts of suicide or self injury or even hopelessness: