Depression - Spot the Signs

Depression is a common mental disorder which can cause people to experience a variety of symptoms. These include psychological symptoms (such as a low mood or feelings of hopelessness), physical symptoms (such as a lack of energy) and social symptoms (avoiding contact with family or friends.)

We’ve listed some of the most common symptoms below, but there are many others which you may experience, and you are unlikely to have every one which is listed.

Please note if you experience these symptoms on an ongoing basis (i.e. for most of the day, every day, for more than two weeks) you should seek help from your GP.

Common Symptoms:

  • A persistent low mood or feeling of sadness – which may be accompanied with feeling tearful
  • A loss of motivation or interest in things (which previously you may have enjoyed
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Change in appetite or weight (increase and decrease)
  • Tiredness (fatigue) and loss of energy
  • Poor concentration or indecisiveness
  • Feelings of worthlessness or low self-esteem
  • Disturbed sleeping pattern (such as difficulty in getting to sleep or waking up early)
  • Feeling anxious or worried
  • Having suicidal thoughts or thoughts about harming yourself

The NHS have created an online depression self-assessment tool which may be helpful for you to check your symptoms against.

Further information:

There are many support organisations and charities out there which can help if you are suffering from depression. Take a look at these links for further information and advice:

What is depression? Advice and guidance from Patient UK.

Resources and tips on how to get help from mental health charity Mind.

Depression Alliance community and resources.

Mental Health Foundation help and information on depression.

Did you know Benenden members have immediate access to a Psycological 24/7 helpline at the end of the phone? Find out more about our Psycological Helpline here.

This article has been brought to you using public health information freely available online (click on links in the article for more information). benenden health has not provided any direct medical advice within this article. Please consult the sources provided if you would like further information or support.