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Symptoms of depression
 

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Not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom. Some people experience a few symptoms, some many. Severity of symptoms varies with individuals and also varies over time.

  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
  • 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
  • Sleeping too much or having trouble getting or staying asleep
  • Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain

 

 

 

  • Woman who is depressedRestlessness, irritability
  • Not enjoying being with people
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain
  • Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts

If you are experiencing several of these symptoms, see your doctor, who can help you get treatment that will help you feel better.

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