Understanding the Signs and Symptoms of Depression

​The everyday occurrences of life can leave everyone feeling sad on occasion. From the breakup of a close relationship to career disappointments, it is natural to experience loneliness and related feelings of sadness. However, when the symptoms of depression begin to impact your quality of life, you need to take action.

Adults and teens exhibit somewhat different symptoms of depression, with some overlap in signs. Clinical depression can result in physical symptoms and behavioral concerns.

What Are the Main Signs of Depression in Adults?

If you have ongoing difficulties concentrating and remembering details, it could be due to chronic depression. Other mental symptoms of depression include loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities, including sex. Additional symptoms include:

  • Extreme eating, either overindulgence or avoidance
  • Ongoing anxiety, sadness and feelings of worthlessness
  • Chronic aches and pains that don’t have an identifiable origin and are treatment-resistant
  • Bouts of irritability, restlessness and guilt; helplessness
  • Fatigue
  • Digestive difficulties
  • Pessimistic attitude toward life and/or the world

Symptoms of Depression in Teens

While teens may exhibit any or all of the same symptoms as adults with depression, the following indicators are also indicative of teen depression:

  • Apathy
  • Irresponsible or rebellious behavior, including skipping class or assignments
  • Promiscuity
  • Use of alcohol or mind-altering substances
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Erratic sleeping patterns including staying up all night​