9 Depression Symptoms to Look Out For

Depression is a normal mental illness that can happen to anyone at any age. Keep an eye out for these nine signs that someone may be depressed:

1. Persistent Sadness

As sad, empty, or hopeless as possible for most of the day, almost every day for at least two weeks.

2. Loss of Interest or Pleasure

Losing interest in things they used to enjoy, like sports, socializing, or work, and not finding any joy in life.

3. Changes in Appetite or Weight

A big change in your hunger that makes you lose or gain weight without dieting.

4. Sleep Disturbances

Changes in sleep habits, like having insomnia (not being able to fall or stay asleep) or hypersomnia (being too sleepy).

5. Fatigue or Loss of Energy

Feeling constantly tired, exhausted, or lacking energy, even after adequate rest or sleep.

6. Feelings of Worthlessness or Guilt

Being useless, guilty, blaming yourself, or being too hard on yourself all the time.

7. Difficulty Concentrating or Making Decisions

Having trouble focusing, concentrating, remembering things, making decisions, or finishing jobs.

8. Irritability or Restlessness

Being easily upset or irritated, even over small things, and not being able to handle anger well.

9. Thoughts of Death or Suicide

Think about death, dying, or suicide over and over, or plan or try to hurt yourself.

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