Signs and symptoms of depression.
The signs and symptoms of depression or mania is fairly general, but the intensity depends on the individual and also over time. If a person experiences more of the signs below, or if you observe some of the signs below in your friend or family member, you can do something about it. It is important to know the differences in the symptoms for these two extremes, as they manifest differently:
Persistently being in an “empty” mood, helpless, hopeless, sad, anxious or scared feeling.
Eating less, as a result of low appetite, or eating bad foods that they usually would not eat at all.
Sleepless nights or sleeping less.
Showing very little or no interest in things that they once very well loved to do.
A prolonged feeling of restlessness.
Thoughts or ending one's life (suicide) or no interest in life and living at all.
Periodically crying (weeping) for no reason.
Refusal to participate in social activities, ignoring phone calls, and ignoring family activities, parties, church services and family visits.
Exhibiting poor balance and sense of judgment.
Abnormal or excessive elation.
Extreme irritation by little and unnecessary things.
Inappropriate social behavior that can end you up with the law.
Decreased need for sleep.
Increased talking and shouting and being unnecessarily loud.
Increased sexual desire, usually with no sense of responsibility (especially with young's people).
Unusually increased energy levels.
Disconnected or racing thoughts.