Depression often manifests itself in feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and lack of energy. Sufferers develop a bleak outlook on life and feel that nothing will ever get better. Often, depression symptoms include a loss of interest in daily activities. Those with depression remove themselves from their hobbies, pastimes, and social activities. They often feel as if they’ve lost the ability to feel joy and pleasure.
Loss of appetite and weight changes, either loss or gaining rapidly, can be symptoms of depression. Depression symptoms include anxiety, feelings of guilt and worthlessness, and general irritability. Along with these symptoms, changes in sleep, either insomnia or oversleeping, are characteristics of depression. Depression symptoms can appear as hostility or anger in some cases. Depression is a major risk factor for suicide due to feelings of despair and hopelessness. If you or anyone you know has engaged in suicidal talk or behavior, take this seriously and seek treatment. The sooner you seek treatment, the easier it will be to return to your happy, healthy self.