Signs of Depression

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Know the signs. Seek help.

Signs of a deepening depression can include:

  • Change in eating or sleeping
  • Indifference, giving away possessions
  • Withdrawal from family, friends, happy pursuits
  • Apathy or increase in anxiety
  • Feelings of helplessness, guilt, and/or worthlessness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Persistent aches, pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Losing interest in activities or hobbies that used to be important

Depression carries a high risk of suicide. Anyone who expresses suicidal thoughts or intentions should be taken very seriously. Warning signs of suicide as a result of depression include:

  • Sudden switch from being very sad to very calm or even happy
  • Always talking or thinking about dying
  • Losing interest in things you used to care about
  • Comments about being hopeless, helpless or worthless
  • Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, changing a will
  • Having a “death wish”…tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, etc.

If you or someone you know is showing signs of depression, please seek help.