Symptoms of Depression According to NIMH


It is not uncommon to feel sad, lonely or even depressed from time to time. This is a normal reaction that comes after a loss, or a life struggle. If these feelings become overwhelming or last for long periods of time though, then it is possible you have what is known as clinical depression. How do you know if what you are feeling is normal though? I mean, What is depression?

Outlined below is a list of symptoms of depression according to the National Institute of Mental Health:

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness or/or pessimism
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

For adolescent depression symptoms include:

  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Irritability, anger, or hostility
  • Tearfulness or frequent crying
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habitsÂ
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

If you, or your teen have any of these symptoms the next question to come to mind is where to get help for depression.
We understand depression and with a team including an MD, APRN, and LCSW, we can help you. Do not put off help, not getting treatment can be life threatening.

To see how we can help with depression disorders please call us at 314-205-8068