Chapter 2: Mental health concerns

Depression - Signs and symptoms

Signs of depression

People who are depressed usually show a number of symptoms for at least a two-week time period. Roll your mouse over some of these to learn more.

Loss of interest in activities



The person takes no pleasure in doing the things previously enjoyed, and almost nothing holds interest anymore.


Depressed mood



The person has feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or helplessness.


Additional signs of depression can include the following:

  • Changes in weight
  • Altered sleep patterns
  • Changes in energy
  • Fatigue
  • Poor self-image
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Thoughts of death


People who are depressed may not be able to get better on their own. If you suspect depression, the person needs to be seen by their healthcare provider so that a proper diagnosis can be made. Below are some suggestions for how you may be able to help:

Keeping track

Be sure to note any changes or concerns in the tracking journal. This will help to share information with the healthcare provider.

Click here to see the questions the healthcare provider may ask. You might use these questions to guide the tracking journal.