Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Most mental health experts agree that if you are experiencing five or more of these symptoms for a sustained period of longer than two weeks, you should seek an evaluation from a qualified professional.

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, being "slowed down"
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
  • Restlessness, irritability

If you do experience these symptoms, or the burdens of daily living in general become overwhelming, it is time to seek therapy. Sometimes the physical symptoms of IBD -- gastric distress, fatigue and decreased energy -- can also be symptoms of depression. It is important to seek out a counselor who has experience in treating people who suffer from chronic illness. If there are therapists in your area who have treated other people with IBD, so much the better.

For further information, call CCFA at our IBD Help Center: 888.MY.GUT.PAIN (888.694.8872).

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America provides information for educational purposes only. We encourage you to review this educational material with your health care professional. The Foundation does not provide medical or other health care opinions or services. The inclusion of another organization's resources or referral to another organization does not represent an endorsement of a particular individual, group, company or product.

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Published: May 1, 2009