Signs of Depression

Dr. Gregg Jantz is the founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, Inc., an organization he began in 1984 to deal with a number of issues, including depression. Dr. Gregg Jantz has published several books, most recently Gotta Have It! Freedom from Wanting Everything Right Here, Right Now in 2010 with Cook Publishing.

Depression affects millions of Americans every year. Learning to recognize early signs of depression, as defined by the National Institute of Mental Health, can help individuals seek out treatment earlier and gain control over their situation. Some of the more well-known indicators of depression include persistent fatigue and a lack of energy, as well as feelings of hopelessness and overriding pessimism. However, there are other signs of depression that may go undetected. Individuals suffering from depression may find it difficult to concentrate on a certain task or make decisions. Depression can manifest physically as well, including continuous headaches, cramps, digestive issues, and a loss of appetite.