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Symptoms Of Depression

Written By: Butler Hospital on November 30, 2023

Depression looks different in everyone.  Not everyone who is depressed has every symptom.  The severity of symptoms also varies with individuals and over time.

Depression is more than just a fleeting sense of sadness; it is an emotional maze that can affect anyone at any age, gender, or background. Yet, the stigma surrounding mental health often means people suffer in silence - preventing open conversations that are crucial for understanding and healing. 

By recognizing the signs, we take a step toward dismantling the barriers hindering support and understanding. 

Common symptoms of depression:

Remember, those battling depression may have one or many of these symptoms at different levels of severity, so it’s important to keep an open dialog with someone you believe is depressed.

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, being "slowed down"
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and/or weight gain
  • Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain
Seeking Treatment
With the uptick in mental health concerns across the country, it can be difficult to find a therapist or doctor in a timely manner. It can require a lot of work on the phone to find the right level of care and fit.  

At Butler Hospital, there is a 24/7 call intake line: 1-844-401-0111, where a clinician can assist you in determining the next best step for you or a loved one within one brief phone call. They will be sure you understand your options and if you or your loved one are ready, they will assist you in putting the recommended plan in motion.  

Disclaimer: The content in this blog is for informational and educational purposes only and should not serve as medical advice, consultation, or diagnosis.  If you have a medical concern, please consult your healthcare provider, or seek immediate medical treatment.