Depression is a common mental disorder characterized by persistent sadness and low mood that impact daily life. While it can affect anyone of any age, depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States, with an estimated 17.3 million (7.1%) of American adults suffering from depression in 2017.
While the symptoms of depression can range from mild to severe, many people experience the same symptoms. These common symptoms of depression can range from feeling overwhelmed to experiencing physical discomfort and can include:
- Persistent feelings of sadness and emptiness
- Loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed
- Sleep disturbances including insomnia or oversleeping
- Lack of energy and fatigue
- Extra sensitivity to criticism or rejection
- Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness and hopelessness
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
- Restlessness and irritability
- Abnormal eating habits like weight loss or gain
- Difficulty concentrating
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Loss of libido
- Social withdrawal and isolation
- Slowed thinking, speaking, and body movements
- Agitation and difficulty finding peace
- Strained relationships with friends and loved ones
- Difficulty making decisions
- Increased sensitivity to stressful events
- Financial and career-related problems
- Indecisiveness, lack of motivation,
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or feel that you may be struggling with depression, we recommend that you talk to your doctor or seek professional help. Depression can be effectively treated with medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes.
By recognizing your symptoms and understanding the common signs of depression, you can take the first step towards a healthier, happier life.