Depression Wellness Coaching

Characteristics of Depression

Depression is more than just a low mood or a feeling of sadness.  It effects a persons whole being: feelings, thoughts, behaviours and physical functioning. Not everyone experiences all the following characteristics, this is just a list of the most common signs of depression. Some of the characteristics may never appear at all while others may have a number of them and not be depressed.


  • Sadness, emptiness or despair much of the day, nearly every day.
  • An inability to enjoy activities that normally give one pleasure.
  • Feeling unusually anxious, angry of irritated.
  • Extreme feelings of worthlessness, guilt or shame (not just guilt over being unwell)


  • A tendency to do very little, since nothing seems enjoyable
  • Withdrawal from social activities.
  • Loss of appetite. Some people eat more, but usually not out of hunger or a desire for food.
  • Speeding up or slowing down of physical movements (gestures, walking, speech, and so on) most of the day. Observable by others, not just a feeling of restlessness or being slowed down.


  • Fatigue or loss of energy for most of the day
  • Significant weight loss ( without dieting) or weight gain
  • Insomnia: difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, extended periods of wakefulness throughout the night, or waking very early and being unable to get back to sleep.
  • Sometimes hypersomnia: sleeping much more than usual.
  • Reduced sexual desire
  • Headaches
  • Digestive problems
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness


  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Impaired memory
  • Difficulty making decisions.
  • A tendency to focus on the negative
  • Thoughts of death or being better off dead, or hurting oneself

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