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 free assessment line—RESPOND®—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

See symptoms of postpartum depression.

Learn more about emotional, behavioral and mental health and related conditions in our online Health Library.

Concerned About Yourself or a Loved One?

Review the signs of depression and the signs of chemical dependency. Contact us for information and assistance.