How can you tell that your mood is low?

We are all different, so we will experience low mood in different ways. These are some common symptoms or changes.

Physical symptoms or changes:

  • Fatigue and decreased energy levels
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Slowing down of speech or movements

You might have these thoughts:

  • Having the same thoughts repeatedly – “ruminating”
  • Taking longer than normal to think or make decisions
  • Negative thoughts
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions

You may have these feelings:

  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Helplessness and/or worthlessness
  • Irritability
  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings

You may behave like this:

  • Not doing activities or hobbies you usually find enjoyable
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Overeating or loss of appetite

You won’t necessarily experience all (or even any) of these symptoms, and sometimes they might just be very mild.

Speak up

If you’re experiencing some of these symptoms and are concerned, talk to your doctor or call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for immediate support.