Depression 101

Signs and symptoms of depression


Someone may have depression if they have symptoms of depression most days, and these symptoms last for most of the day, persist for more than two weeks and negatively affect a person’s functioning at work, at school or in social relationships. Symptoms of depression can vary from minor to severe and can include (MDSC, n.d.-a):

    sadness throughout the day, nearly every day
    a loss of interest in favourite activities
    feelings of worthlessness
    excessive or inappropriate feelings of guilt
    thoughts of death or suicide
    trouble making decisions
    trouble concentrating
    feelings of irritability
    fatigue or lack of energy
    aches and pains (e.g., headaches, stomach pain or joint pains)
    sleeping too much or too little
    change in appetite or weight
    feelings of restlessness or being slowed down.