10 Unusual Signs of Depression

Depression is a common experience in the United States, with more than 17 million Americans reporting depressive episodes. 

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is higher among females (8.7%) compared to males (5.3%) and is also more prevalent among adults ages 18-25 (13.1%).

Some symptoms of depression are commonly talked about, such as lowered mood, lowered energy, and suicidal thoughts. However there are other, more obscure signs that an individual may be experiencing depression. 

These unusual signs include: 

  1. Insomnia
  2. Workaholism
  3. Memory problems
  4. Anger
  5. Loss of appetite 
  6. Loss of interest in things once pleasurable, including sex
  7. Digestive problems that don’t resolve with treatment
  8. Feelings of guilt
  9. Overcompensation through perceived happiness
  10.  Substance abuse 

Clinical depression is a mental illness, not an emotion or just a “slump.” Everyone feels down from time to time, but chronic depression can affect psychological as well as physical health and should be treated. 

Everyday Health has assembled a list of support organizations and resources for individuals struggling with depression. If you or a loved one is experiencing the symptoms listed above, it may be helpful to browse resources or talk to a mental health provider.