What is Depression?
Depression is among the most common mental health concerns. People of all ages are vulnerable to experiencing symptoms of depression including persistent sadness, loss of interest, social withdrawal, change in appetite, sleep, and energy levels, and decreased concentration. In the most severe cases, a person may experience thoughts of harming themselves or suicide. When any of the above symptoms begin to interfere with a person’s life or cause health or safety concerns, seeking professional help from a trained mental health professional (e.g., therapist, counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist) is highly recommended.
Common Symptoms of Depression
sadness, irritability, anger, anxiety, discontent, guilt, loss of interest, boredom/apathy
rumination, hopelessness, loss of motivation (e.g., nothing seems enjoyable), thoughts of harming oneself, suicidal thoughts
change in appetite (e.g., increased or decreased), change in sleep (e.g., sleeping more/less, poor quality), decreased energy, fatigue, difficulty with concentration and focus
social withdrawal, inactivity, staying in bed longer than usual, avoiding stressful situations (e.g., work, school), moving or speaking slowly, increased substance use/abuse, self-harm (e.g., cutting, burning), suicide attempts