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Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Questions and answers about Depression and Bipolar disorder, including symptoms of the illness, and how to help those who suffer from it.

Do animals ever suffer from depression?

Some animals, like dogs and many primates, definitely display signs of depression (mainly loss of interest in pleasurable activities, changes in sleep patterns, and changes in social behavior). However, since they can't communicate how they're thinking and feeling the way a human can, it’s impossible to say for sure if animals exhibiting those symptoms could be diagnosed with depression....