You may be depressed if, for more than two weeks, you've felt sad, down or miserable most of the time, or have lost interest or pleasure in usual activities, and have also experienced several of the signs and symptoms across at least three of the categories below.
It’s important to remember that we all experience some of these symptoms from time to time, and it may not necessarily mean you're depressed. Equally, not everyone who is experiencing depression will have all of these symptoms.
not going out anymore
not getting things done at work/school
withdrawing from close family and friends
relying on alcohol and sedatives
not doing usual enjoyable activities
unable to concentrate
lacking in confidence
'I’m a failure.'
'It’s my fault.'
'Nothing good ever happens to me.'
'Life’s not worth living.'
'People would be better off without me.'
tired all the time
sick and run down
headaches and muscle pains
loss or change of appetite
significant weight loss or gain
– for that you'll need to see a health professional – but it can help to guide you and provide a better understanding of how you're feeling.