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Top 9 Depression Symptoms

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Updated April 10, 2014

If you have had at least five of the depression symptoms listed below - especially if you feel depressed and have lost interest in things that you used to enjoy - you may be suffering from depression.

1. Depressed Mood

A person may report feeling "sad" or "empty" or may cry frequently. Children and adolescents may exhibit irritability.

2. Decreased Interest or Pleasure

A person may show markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, daily activities.

3. Weight Changes

Significant changes in weight when not attempting to gain or lose (a gain or loss of 5% or more in a month) may be indicative of depression. In children, this may also present as a failure to make expected weight gains.

4. Sleep Disturbances

Insomnia or sleeping too much may be a symptom of depression.

5. Psychomotor Agitation or Retardation

The person may be observed to be either agitated and restless or physically slowed down in their movements.

6. Fatigue

Deep fatigue or a loss of energy is a symptom of depression.

7. Feelings of Worthlessness or Guilt

A depressed person may feel that they have no value or they may feel inappropriately guilty about things they have no control over.

8. "Brain Fog"

A depressed person may have a diminished ability to think, concentrate or make decisions.

9. Thoughts of Death

A depressed person may have frequent thoughts of death and suicide, although they may or may not have an actual plan for carrying it out.
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