What are the symptoms of depression?
Depression can come in many different shapes and sizes, and the symptoms can be mental and physical.
Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S., and according to research, it’s estimated that 17.3 million adults had at least one major depressive episode, which represents 7.1% of all U.S. adults.
Many people never get help because they don’t know that their physical symptoms might be caused by depression. Depression can make you feel pain differently, and many doctors miss the signs too.
Brain Activity is Reduced in Depression
A PET scan measures vital functions such as blood flow, oxygen use and blood sugar (glucose) metabolism.1
We’ve compiled a list of signs to look for to help identify depression, and how to help.
Physical Symptoms of Depression
- Back pain
- Muscle aches and joint pain
- Chest pain
- Digestive problems
- Sleeping problems
- Change in appetite or weight
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
Other Symptoms of Depression
- Loss of concentration
- Difficulty making decisions
- Irritability/can’t control anger
- Increase in use of alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, drugs
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Always thinking about what you need to do
- Decreased self-care (bathing, grooming)
- Withdrawal from friends/isolation
If you or someone you know may be depressed, please take our free and confidential depression assessment.
1Source: Mark George, MD Biological Psychiatry Branch Division of Intramural Research Programs, NIMH 1993.