What are the Symptoms of Depression?

Symptoms of depression will differ from person to person and can range in severity from mild to severe. Although people experience depression in many different ways, there are common symptoms everyone should be aware of. They include:

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Decreased interest or pleasure in favorite activities
  • Poor attention and concentration problems
  • Sleep changes (insomnia or oversleeping)
  • Feeling slowed down or restless inside
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism or self blame
  • Changes in appetite
  • Low energy or fatigue
  • Ongoing aches and pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease with treatment

Note: Depression can also be a little different in people with Parkinson’s than it is in the general population. For people with PD, depression may include anxiety and stronger symptoms of pessimism and restlessness.

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Medical content reviewed by: Nina Browner, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in North Carolina and by Fernando Pagan, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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