Symptoms of Depression
Doctors will make decisions about diagnosis based upon guidelines in place, with the main guideline being the International Classification of Diseases (ICD -10). Some of the symptoms you may experience are:
- Low mood, feeling sad, irritable or angry.
- Less energy and feeling less able to do things.
- Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy.
- Loss of concentration.
- Becoming tired easily.
- Sleeping and eating less or eating more.
- Feeling less good about yourself (loss of confidence).
- Feeling guilty or worthless.
- Losing interest in sex.
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide, and making suicide attempts.
You do not have to have all these to be diagnosed with depression, but recognising a change in these earlier could help get you the support you need earlier hopefully aiding a swifter recovery.