What to Look For

In this section, you can learn about the thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical symptoms associated with depression. The symptoms listed are ones that emerge early on and there may be other symptoms that develop later.

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Behaviours: Drop in performance at school or work. Withdraw from friends and family. Cry a lot. Get irritated with others. Find it hard to get motivated to do anything. Neglect your personal hygiene and appearance.
Feelings: Feel down, unhappy or blue a lot of the time. Feel guilty (even over small issues). Lose interest or pleasure in activities. Feel numb or empty.
Physical Signs: Experience a change in appetite and weight. Are tired all the time; no energy. Feel restless. Have problems sleeping or you stay in bed all day.
Thoughts: Think that you are worthless or a failure. Blame and criticize yourself. Find it hard to concentrate or make decisions. Have negative thoughts about your life and the future. Think life isn't worth living.

Symptoms can range in

  • intensity from mild to severe
  • how long they’ve been going on
  • how much they interfere in daily life

Not everyone experiences the same set of symptoms or to the same level. A person may be diagnosed with a mental health disorder when symptoms persist, are very distressing and interfere in a person’s life.

Being able to spot these symptoms and taking action can prevent problems from getting worse.

Concerned About a Friend?

Often friends notice changes that may signal an emerging mental health challenge. For information on how to support a friend, visit Supporting your friend through tough times.