Stefanie Little



Brennan Jacobs asked in Animal Life, Depression and Bipolar Disorder, Mental Health

Do animals ever suffer from depression?

Stefanie Little
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....