Common Symptoms of Depression

Depression and bipolar disorders are mental disorders, real physical illnesses that affect a person’s moods, thoughts, body, energy and emotions. Both disorders, especially bipolar disorder, tend to follow a cyclical course, meaning they have ups and downs.

  • Sad, depressed mood
  • Increased or decreased sleep patterns
  • Increased or decreased appetite
  • Disinterest in previously enjoyable activities
  • Feelings of worthlessness/hopelessness
  • Suicidal ideations

Examples of a Depressive Disorder include:

  • Major Depressive Disorder- having symptoms of depression for more days than not during a 2 week period.
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder- having underlying symptoms more often than not during a 2 year period.
  • Bipolar Disorder- having periods of depression and periods of mania (elevated mood).
  • Postpartum Depression- having symptoms of depression during pregnancy or after the birth of a child
  • Premenstrual Depressive Disorder- having depressive symptoms that are more prevalent surrounding a woman’s menstrual cycle.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder- having symptoms of depression that are more prevalent around the winter months.
  • Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder- recurrent anger outbursts that seem to be out of proportion to situation.