Depression can be unbearable, and it can really ruin your life if you don't get a handle on it. No one can understand until they go through it, which is why therapy is necessary. 

Depression is one diagnosis in a larger category of Depressive Disorders. There are different levels of depression depending on the person.  Below is a list of the more common signs of a depressive disorder (5th ed.; DSM–5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013).  Please keep in mind that it can be hard to identify symptoms of a depressive disorder if you are not a trained professional, especially when identifying symptoms in ourselves or loved ones. Often times, if you think something is wrong, you are right. Feel free to call with any questions about whether or not therapy is necessary.

The information below includes information from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM–5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013).

Signs of Depression

  • Feeling sad, empty or hopeless most of the day nearly every day.

  • Self injury (also known as cutting). 

  • In children, being argumentative/irritable most of the day nearly every day

  •  Feeling like you don’t have any motivation to get your day going or get anything done

  • Not being able to get out of bed or staying in bed for long periods of time despite having other things to do

  • Feeling guilty about not being able to fulfill obligations due to depression

  •  Not being able to experience happiness/pleasure from people or activities you used to enjoy

  •  Consistent lack of energy or overwhelming fatigue

  • Tempter outbursts

  • Difficulty falling and/or staying asleep

  • Increased irritability and/or lack of tolerance for people/activities

  • Feeling worthless or that nothing you do is good

  • Frequent crying and/or feelings of sadness

  • Constant or frequent focus on past activities you regret or feel guilty about 

  • Decreased ability to focus and concentrate

  • Weight loss/ gain or appetite loss/gain

  • Marked distress the week before a female starts her period, the distress starts to get better within a few days after starting period and then goes away all together until 1 week prior to starting period


American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.