Symptoms of Depression

It is important to understand the symptoms of depression in order to be able to spot these either in yourself or someone you know who you think might be suffering from the illness.

AWARE recommends seeking urgent help from a GP if any of the following symptoms lasts for more than two weeks:

  • An unusually sad mood that doesn’t go away
  • Loss of enjoyment and interest in activities that used to be enjoyable
  • Tiredness and lack of energy

In addition, people who are depressed can have a range of other symptoms such as:

  • Loss of confidence in themselves or poor self-esteem
  • Feeling guilty when they are not really at fault
  • Wishing not to be alive anymore 

  • Difficulty making decisions and concentrating
  • Moving more slowly or becoming agitated and unable to settle
  • Having difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Loss of interest in food or eating more than usual, leading to weight loss or weight gain.

The number and severity of symptoms being experienced will determine whether the depression is diagnosed as mild, moderate or severe. It is important to visit your GP if you are experiencing any of these symptoms for more than two weeks.

How can AWARE help?

We have support groups across Northern Ireland which welcome people with depression as well as the family and carers of people with depression. For more information on our support groups, please click here.

Stories of Depression
with AWARE

AWARE is the depression charity for Northern Ireland and the only charity working exclusively for those with depression and bipolar disorder.

Aware Defeat Depression, known as AWARE, Queen Street, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, BT48 7EQ, Company No: NI30447. Registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland with charity registration number NIC100561


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