How to sign depressed in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Definition:

Emotional sadness

Sign Instructions:

Begin with both hands in a "5" handshape at the top of your chest. Then, bring your hands down your chest.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for depressed
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for depressed
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Definition:

Emotional sadness/despair

Sign Instructions:

With both hands in a "D" handshape, starting on your chest and pointing inwards, move your hands down 2 times.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for depressed
Extend the index finger straight up and touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the middle finger with the ring and pinky fingers bent in the same way as the middle finger.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for depressed
Extend the index finger straight up and touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the middle finger with the ring and pinky fingers bent in the same way as the middle finger.

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