What is Depression?

Someone who is experiencing depression can present with different symptoms. For most people, depression can affect how they function on a day-to-day basis, and typically these symptoms would last for more than two weeks. Common symptoms include:

  • Changes in sleep

  • Changes in appetite

  • Lack of concentration

  • Loss of energy

  • Lack of interest in activities

  • Hopelessness or guilty thoughts

  • Changes in movement (less activity or agitation)

  • Physical aches and pains

  • Suicidal thoughts

If you are experiencing depression, symptoms usually are severe enough to cause noticeable problems in your day-to-day activities, such as work, school, social activities, or relationships with others. You may feel generally miserable or unhappy and really not know why.

Depressive symptoms in teenagers may include sadness, irritability, feeling negative and worthless, anger, poor performance or poor attendance at school. They may feel misunderstood and extremely sensitive, they could be using recreational drugs or alcohol, eating or sleeping too much, self-harm, loss of interest in normal activities, and avoidance of social interaction.