For lots of people with depression, low feelings just don’t go away. This affects everything around you, how you feel, what you do, even what you think. When it’s clinical depression, it can hang around for weeks, months, and in some cases, even longer. It gets in the way of everyday life, and you just don’t feel like “you” anymore.

Feelings

  • Overwhelmed
  • Irritable a lot of the time
  • Miserable
  • Sad
  • Lots of worries
  • No confidence
  • Unhappy
  • Indecisive
  • Disappointed
  • Frustrated
  • Guilty.

Physical

  • Tired all the time
  • Sick and run down
  • Can’t concentrate
  • Upset stomach
  • Hard time getting off to sleep/disturbed sleep
  • Headaches and muscle pains
  • Loss or change of appetite
  • Significant weight loss or gain.

Thoughts

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

Behaviour

  • Not going out anymore
  • Not getting things done at mahi/work or school
  • Isolating from close whānau and friends
  • Relying more on alcohol and drugs
  • Not doing usual enjoyable activities.

Most people have some of these thoughts or feelings, or experience some of these behaviours at different times in their lives. The difference with depression is that they don’t seem to ever ease up or go away, and they get in the way of living your life the way you want to.

If you’re experiencing several of these symptoms (or even just a couple of them, but in a big way), you may be suffering from depression. To find out more, take the self-test.