Category Archives: Depression

Symptoms of Depression

By Joe Peraino, Ph.D.


  1. Persistent sadness, anxiety or empty mood
  2. Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  3. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  4. Loss of interest or pleasure in ordinary activities
  5. Loss of interest in sex
  6. Sleep disturbance (insomnia, early morning awakening, oversleeping)
  7. Appetite disturbance (loss of appetite, voracious eating, weight loss/gain)
  8. Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling/acting slowed down
  9. Thoughts of suicide or death, suicide attempt
  10. Restlessness, irritability
  11. Difficulty concentrating, paying attention
  12. Increased headaches, stomachaches and/or vague physical complaints

Depression may be masked by alcohol or drug abuse, or by physical symptomatology such as chronic headaches, pain, digestive disorders.


In addition to above symptoms for adults, add:

  1. Frequent boredom
  2. Withdrawal
  3. Brooding
  4. Hyperactivity or hypoactivity
  5. Lowered school performance
  6. Acting out (misbehaving, sexual, substances, aggression)
  7. Increase in arguments with authority figures
  8. Recurrence of previous problems such as bed wetting, separation anxiety, etc.