Symptoms of Depression

  • Persistent sad, "empty" or anxious mood

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in ordinary activities

  • Decreased energy, fatigue, being "slowed down"

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Eating disturbances

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions

  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness

  • Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts

  • Irritability

  • Excessive crying

  • Chronic aches and pains

If a person has five or more of these symptoms for more than two weeks, or if symptoms interfere with work or family, he/she should get a thorough evaluation and diagnosis. This includes a complete physical and a review of family history of illness.

Adapted from the National Institute of Mental Health

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