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Do You Have Depression?

Depression is an illness that can take many forms. Symptoms can vary from person to person in how severe they are, how long they last, and how often they appear. Symptoms may include:

  1. Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions;
  2. Fatigue and decreased energy;
  3. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness;
  4. Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism;
  5. Insomnia, early morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping;
  6. Irritability, restlessness;
  7. Loss of interest in activities or hobbies that were once pleasurable, including sex;
  8. Loss of pleasure in life;
  9. Overeating or appetite loss;
  10. Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems;
  11. Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings;
  12. Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts.

Everyone goes through periods of sadness and experiences at least some of these symptoms from time to time, but it does not always mean that a person has clinical depression. When making a diagnosis of depression, healthcare providers look for clusters of symptoms lasting more than two weeks that affect a person’s daily life.

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