Signs of depression

If you’ve been having a tough time, feeling low or down for a consistent period of time, you may be experiencing signs and symptoms of depression.

It’s important to remember we all experience feeling unhappy and low from time to time, and it may not necessarily mean you’re depressed. Equally, not everyone who is experiencing depression will have all of these symptoms.

The following list of signs and symptoms of depression may help you clarify how or why you’ve been feeling a bit off.

This checklist can’t provide a conclusive diagnosis, but if you identify with many of these symptoms, please get in touch with Rosalind to discuss further for a professional diagnosis and support. Contact Rosalind here.

Common emotions linked with depression can include feeling:

  • overwhelmed
  • guilty
  • irritable
  • frustrated
  • lacking in confidence
  • unhappy
  • indecisive
  • disappointed
  • miserable
  • sad


Common behaviours linked with depression can include:

  • not going out anymore
  • not getting things done at work/school
  • withdrawing from close family and friends
  • relying on alcohol and sedatives
  • not doing usual enjoyable activities
  • inability to concentrate


Common physical symptoms linked with depression can include:

  • feeling tired all the time
  • feeling sick and run down
  • headaches and muscle pains
  • ‘churning’ gut
  • sleep problems
  • loss or change of appetite
  • significant weight loss or gain


Common thoughts linked with depression can include:

  • ‘I’m a failure.’
  • ‘It’s my fault.’
  • ‘Nothing good ever happens to me.’
  • ‘I’m worthless.’
  • ‘Life’s not worth living.’
  • ‘People would be better off without me.’


This article has been compiled using resources from various sources including Beyond Blue.