Here are the top signs to look for.
Major depression and persistent depressive disorder can be characterized by a low mood. A person suffering from major depression is “down” most of the day.
A change in your eating habits is another sign of depression. You may have to force yourself to eat when it’s lost its appeal—or when you lack the energy to make meals.
Those who suffer from mood disorders may turn to alcohol or drugs to cope. About one in every five people in the United States who have a serious mental disorder, such as depression, also have an alcohol or substance use disorder.
Lost energy can impair your abilities. You may not feel well enough to care for your children or perform housework. Maybe your exhaustion means you can't get out of bed.
Depression hurts how you perceive yourself. You may have negative and unrealistic thoughts about yourself, such as feeling worthless. You may also hold onto past mistakes or focus on perceived failures, resulting in guilt.
Depression affects more than just a person's mental health. It can also be harmful to a person's physical health. For example, physical symptoms such as unexplained aches and pains are common warning signs of depression.