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What depression symptoms should I look out for?

Depression has a wide variety of mental and physical symptoms that can vary from person to person. You won’t necessarily feel all of them, but it’s important to know what they are.

Symptoms are often triggered by a specific event or set of circumstances, so there's no particular age group that’s more at risk of depression. You can experience it at any time in your life, including childhood.

If you’ve had symptoms of depression for more than two weeks, you should see one of our doctors and explain your situation to them. They’ll make sure you get the treatment you need.

What are the psychological symptoms of depression?

It’s not always easy to spot the psychological symptoms of depression in yourself. You might find that a friend or family member notices the problem before you do.

Knowing what the common signs of depression are will help you realise when it’s time to see a doctor.

The psychological symptoms of depression include:

    • Feeling sad all the time
    • Feeling hopeless or empty
    • Anger
    • Anxiety
    • Guilt
    • Having no interest in work, family or hobbies
    • Wanting to be alone all the time
    • Poor concentration
    • Low self esteem
    • Feeling on the edge of tears
    • Difficulty making decisions
    • Thoughts of suicide or self-harm
    • Lack of enjoyment from life
    • Loss of motivation

What are the physical symptoms of depression?

Depression often means your habits change and your usual routine is disrupted. This can have a physical impact on your health, with symptoms including:

The psychological symptoms of depression include:

Depression symptoms to look out for in men

There is still a stigma surrounding men and depression. Men have historically been taught to hide their emotions and ‘man up’ to deal with a crisis.

While attitudes are slowly changing, some men may still not feel comfortable talking about their feelings. However, it’s really important you do. Ignoring your symptoms will only mean they get worse.

If you’re nervous about sharing your feelings, Push Doctor allows you to see a doctor in the privacy of your own home.

You can have a confidential discussion about your mental health in an environment where you feel comfortable. There’s no pressure, just an understanding ear to help you take the first step towards getting better.

How women are affected by depression

Women are particularly at risk of depression at times when their hormones rise or fall quickly. This can happen:

If you experience symptoms of depression, be sure to mention if any of these factors apply to you when you speak to a doctor. This will help them decide what sort of treatment is best for your depression.

How to explain your depression symptoms to a doctor

Just be honest. Our GPs have years of experience in recognising the symptoms of depression.

They’re not going to judge you. They’re here to listen to you, assess your symptoms and suggest practical next steps that will help you on the road to feeling a happier, more fulfilled person.

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