Putting up a good front but feeling like your life is in turmoil? Struggling to cope after the birth of a baby? Or the illness or death of a loved one? You’re not alone.

Check for these signs of depression, which also apply to postpartum depression. If you, a loved one or friend have several symptoms, you may need to find professional help. Discuss the situation with your doctor immediately.

In crisis? For immediate evaluation and 24-hour access at approved sites and hospital emergency rooms, call LewisGale’s assessment line—at (800) 541-9992.

Signs of Depression

  • Persistent sadness or anxiety
  • Decreased energy
  • Loss of interest in usual activities — including sex and hobbies
  • Sleep disturbances — insomnia or oversleeping
  • Appetite and weight changes — loss or gain
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide attempts
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Chronic aches or persistent symptoms not caused by physical disease