Tips on identifying a person experiencing depression or anxiety

A person may be experiencing depression or anxiety  if  he or she has felt sad, down or miserable most of the time or has lost interest or pleasure in usual activities, and has also experienced several of the signs and symptoms below.

It’s important to note that everyone experiences some of these symptoms from time to time and it may not necessarily mean a person is depressed or anxious. Equally, not every person who is experiencing depression will have all of these symptoms.

Behaviour

  • regular pattern of absenteeism
  • not getting things done at work/school
  • withdrawing from co-workers
  • relying on alcohol and sedatives
  • unable to concentrate
  • obsessive thinking and compulsive behaviour

Feelings

  • overwhelmed
  • frustrated
  • lacking in confidence
  • unhappy
  • indecisive
  • snowballing worries

Physical

  • tired all the time
  • sick and run down
  • headaches and muscle pains
  • loss or change of appetite
  • significant weight loss or gain
  • tightening of the chest
  • racing heart

For more comprehensive  information www.beyondblue.org.au