Symptoms of depression in older people

Increased drowsiness, agitation and overeating are common in older people with depression, however symptoms will be different for everyone.

Symptoms may include

  • Disturbed sleep or sleeping too much
  • Feeling drowsy
  • Feeling agitated, irritable or angry
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Feelings of hopelessness, guilt, or inadequacy
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling unable to enjoy things that you used to like doing
  • Feeling unhappy, miserable and lonely a lot of the time
  • Loss of energy or motivation
  • Poor concentration
  • Frequent minor health problems, such as headaches or stomach-aches
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide

If you notice several of these symptoms have been present for more than two weeks and are affecting your life, get help and support.

Our main page on the symptoms of depression has more about the effect depression has on you. Read about how depression is treated in older people or read people’s personal experience of depression.