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Symptoms of Depression
Not all of the symptoms listed here will be experienced by someone who is suffering from clinical depression or manic depressive episodes. Some of the symptoms can indicate the severity of the depressive disorder and they may vary from person to person. Pay close attention to yourself or someone else who shows changes in mood, has suicidal thoughts or a general lack of desire in life. There is help available and most patients can be treated successfully.
Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
Decreased energy, fatigue, being "slowed down"
Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain
Abnormal or excessive elation
Decreased need for sleep
Increased sexual desire
Markedly increased energy
Inappropriate social behavior
Brain and Mental Health
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