The signs of depression, to a degree, depend on how severely depressed that person is. There’s both symptoms and signs.

What are the symptoms of depression?

So, symptoms would be feeling low in your mood, reduced energy, lack of motivation, lack of drive, sleep disturbance, decreased and sometimes increased appetite. They’re sort of symptoms that somebody would describe, and if the depression is actually more severe, they may also describe symptoms of suicidal thoughts, and at its most extreme, planning to take one’s own life.

What are the physical signs of depression?

There are also some particular physical signs of depression. What can you observe? So, someone who’s severely depressed may look down, they may be tearful, they may move more slowly, they may actually appear more agitated. And if they’ve had appetite disturbance, they may well have lost weight.

Dr Matthew Cullen, Psychiatrist, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney

Last Reviewed: 17/09/2020

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