10 Symptoms of Depression

8. Apathy

While some depressed individuals experience intense, volatile moods, others experience the opposite. All emotions, positive or negative, feel dulled or even nonexistent. Instead, the predominant state is one of apathy. The person may find that songs or movies that used to evoke strong feelings now elicit no emotional response. Activities that formerly brought joy seem pointless and boring.

The apathetic individual may stop caring about the cleanliness of their home, their personal hygiene and even their family, friends and pets. Recurring thoughts of “what’s the point?” and “who cares?” are common. It may seem like suddenly there is nothing to look forward to, because nothing is exciting anymore.