There are 9 core symptoms that indicate that a person is experiencing depression.
When we are aware of the symptoms, we can then recognise whether those close to us are affected.
A person is said to be depressed when exhibiting 5 or more of the following symptoms for a 2 week period…
1. Low mood – withdrawal from engaging with work or social activities.
2. No motivation – loss of pleasure or interest in activities that used to be enjoyed.
3. Sleep disturbance – either difficulty getting off to sleep or waking early.
4. Loss of energy – feeling tired, particularly on waking after sleep.
5. Feelings of worthlessness and guilt – self-obsession.
6. Difficulties in thinking clearly – finding it hard to concentrate.
7. Disturbance of appetite – over-eating or not eating enough.
8. Reduction of physical movements and slowing down of thought
Feeling life is meaningless – recurrent thoughts of death or suicide