For some young people, feelings of sadness and unhappiness outweigh their happy and excited emotions.
When you have depression, these sad feelings become overwhelming and long-lasting, affecting how you think, how you feel and what you do. These feelings can last for weeks, months or even longer.
Emotional symptoms of depression include:
- feeling sad, down or empty for most of the day, nearly every day
- loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
- becoming withdrawn from friends or family
- feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- suicidal thoughts
- crying for no reason.
Physical symptoms of depression include:
- low energy, fatigue and reduced activity
- insomnia or difficulty sleeping
- loss of appetite or weight
- increased sleep or appetite (atypical depression)
- trouble concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
- slowed body movements, thinking or speech
- difficulty sitting still, pacing or hand-wringing
- back pain or headaches
- feeling sick and run down
- digestive problems.
Symptoms of anxiety are also common in people with depression, as the 2 conditions often occur together.