Persistent sad, "empty" or anxious mood
Loss of interest or pleasure in ordinary activities
Decreased energy, fatigue, being "slowed down"
Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
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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