Learn More About Symptoms of Depression

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Do You Have Depression Symptoms?

Depression is when feelings like being sad, grumpy or irritable become very intense, go on for more than two weeks, and get in the way of “normal” daily activities such as taking care of your family, spending time with friends, or going to work and schooli. Depression can also make you feel discouraged, hopeless, unmotivated or uninterested in doing things you may want or need to do. If this occurs often, it is important to seek help from others. Depression should not be confused with feelings of sadness following a loss or major disappointment in life.

These intense emotions and feelings can happen to anyone, and depression is common throughout the world. In 2014, around 15.7 million adults in the U.S. — nearly 7 percent of all adults — experienced at least one major depressive episode.ii

At any point in time, 3 to 5 percent of adults live with major depression; the lifetime risk of depression is about 17 percent for adults. As many as two out of 100 young children and eight out of 100 teens may have depression. There are many options for managing depression. Below are common signs and symptoms of depression, which can vary during different life stages.iii


Several resources are available to help an individual learn more about depression and different ways to cope with difficult thoughts and feelings. Professional help — which can come in the form of counseling, group therapy, medications, psychiatry and more — also is recommended to help meet your needs and address your current concerns.

Below is a list of resources that may provide additional support. These resources include the following:

  • Educational materials about depression
  • Information regarding possible signs and symptoms that may occur together with depression
  • Online resources to assist with managing symptoms

Online Resources

Pacifica
This resource provides daily activities such as journaling exercises, guided meditation, and recording your daily mood as a tool for managing intense emotions or feelings one may experience daily.

MoodGYM
MoodGYM is an interactive program geared toward coping with and working through symptoms of depression. MoodGYM teaches skills through cognitive behavioral therapy, an evidence-based treatment for depression.

Warning Signs

Depressive symptoms in adults

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Depressive symptoms in children and teens

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Depressive symptoms in older adults

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Note: There are many different ways to work through depressive symptoms. The resources above can work as a starting point to learn more about the intense feelings you may be experiencing. Each person may need to receive different resources to manage depression, because depression is a unique experience for each person. These resources are not meant to act as a substitute for diagnosis of depression and treatment of symptoms, but rather as additional tools to begin managing symptoms.

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