What Are the Common Signs of Depression?

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team


There are some wounds that are not visible on the body but are deeper and more painful than anything that bleeds. Depression is a silent killer that takes away lives without any warning or sympathy. Unfortunately, it is a common and severe mental illness in the world. Here is some information about the common clinical signs of depression.



What Is Depression?

Depression is a mental illness that negatively affects how you feel, think, and act. It can result in multiple emotional and physical problems, which can further decrease your ability to function normally. Here are the five common signs of depression.

1) Low Mood and Loss of Interest


Depression can have a negative spin on everything, which includes the way you feel, think, and act. Decreased mood and loss of interest in activities once you enjoyed doing are the core signs of depression. You may feel depressed, hopeless, and worthless most of the day. You may be preoccupied with failures and may consider even the most minor mistakes as proof of your inadequacy.

2) Uncontrolled Emotions



There is a change of emotions every second. For example, a sudden switch from sadness to happiness, excitement, and then you suddenly start to cry. Depression causes such mood swings. You may also have a roller coaster of feelings from happiness and contentment to anger and irritability.

3) Recurrent Suicidal Thoughts


You may have recurrent thoughts about death, making you think about suicide. According to studies, people who died by suicide usually showed symptoms initially. Therefore, it is always better to seek help when you get such thoughts.

4) Problems With Sleep


About 90% of people with depression experience problems with sleep. Either they have difficulty sleeping or may sleep excessively. Some people with depression may have trouble falling asleep and may stay awake the entire night. A few people with depression, mainly in the younger age group, may find themselves sleeping too much.

5) Changes in Appetite


Appetite change is one of the common signs seen in people with depression. However, this may differ for each individual with depression. Some people may have an increased appetite, and some people may not feel hungry and may have a loss of appetite. Appetite and weight fluctuations are commonly associated with people who are depressed.

Going through depression is not easy, but you do not have to fight the battle alone. When you feel your mental health is not strong, please ask for help from a psychiatrist online.


Do you have a question to ask a doctor online?

Ask a Doctor Online Now »

Recommended Links
Article: Depression - a State of Mood Imbalance
As this world is growing more advanced in every field possible, depression is becoming a common term talked about by almost everyone.... Read more »
Q: Can depression be a cause for weight loss?
I have gone through your query. There are many causes for weight loss. Weight loss can be due to depression. Even any chronic infection in body can cause weight loss. If you are not taking proper diet due to gastric p... Read more »
Q: For depression, I am taking Escitalopram for two years. Should I stop the drug gradually?
Currently, you are having a second episode of depression. I suggest you take Escitalopram for a minimum course of two years completely. As you have taken medicine already for two years, then you can taper the medicine gr... Read more »

Related Posts

HTML Snippets Powered By : XYZScripts.com
Ask a Doctor Online? Ask Now!