05.28.2018

10 Common Signs and Symptoms of Depression—and When to Get Help

10 Common Signs and Symptoms of Depression—and When to Get Help Photo: Stocksy

We throw around the phrase "I'm depressed" to describe a stressful situation at work or the end of a relationship. But just like the word "crazy," for which the etymology has shifted over time, depression can often be mistaken for a way to describe an emotion rather than a mental health issue. It trivializes those who suffer from the disorder, a real chemical imbalance that creates negative and difficult circumstances often beyond our control. 

Because it all can seem convoluted, the definitions melting into each other, it's often challenging to know when to seek help. "Treatment should be sought for depression when the symptoms are interfering with the quality of your life," says therapist and mental health expert Scott Dehorty, LCSW-C. "Depression is treatable, and there is no reason to suffer in silence." 

To get a better understanding of the hallmark symptoms of depression, I reached out to two experts for their opinions and advice. Below, they detail 10 different, common warning signs to look out for. Keep reading for their thoughts.

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