What Are the Symptoms of Depression?

Warning Signs of Suicide

If you or someone you know shows any of the following warning signs, contact a mental health professional right away or go to the emergency room for immediate treatment.

  • Talking about committing suicide
  • Always talking or thinking about death
  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • Saying things like "It would be better if I wasn't here" or "I want out"
  • Depression (deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating) that gets worse
  • A sudden switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy
  • Having a "death wish," tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, like driving recklessly
  • Losing interest in things one used to care about
  • Visiting or calling people one cares about
  • Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, changing a will

 

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on May 11, 2018

Sources

SOURCE:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What are the signs and symptoms of depression?"

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