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Signs of Depression

Have any of the following symptoms been bothering you in the last two weeks to the point of interfering with your everyday life?

(They might not be present all the time and this list should not be used to diagnose yourself or someone else. If you think you may be experiencing a mental illness see your doctor.)

Depressed thoughts and feelings:

  • Persistent feelings of unhappiness or emptiness
  • Dark and gloomy thoughts
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Feeling numb or empty
  • Feeling irritable and angry even over small matters
  • Thinking that you are worthless or a failure or criticizing and blaming yourself
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Finding it very difficult to make decisions
  • Finding you can't get motivated to do things
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in one’s activities

Depressed behaviour:

  • Crying a lot
  • Drop in performance at school or work
  • Not wanting to be with friends and withdrawing from activities
  • Being grumpy and irritable with family and friends
  • Problems sleeping or staying in bed all day long
  • Big changes in weight or appetite
  • Stomach or digestion problems
  • Tired all the time and have no energy
  • Feeling restless

Do you experience any of these signs and symptoms on a regular basis? Take the Depression self check and find out more.


Getting Help

Seek help right away if you are experiencing the following:

  • Have suicidal thoughts or behaviors

  • Have trouble with alcohol or drug use, or have other mental health concerns along with depression

  • Think your depression could be linked to a physical health problem

  • Are experiencing prolonged trouble sleeping

  • Normal stresses of life do not explain the symptoms