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Symptoms of Depression

Much like with other disorders, individuals suffering from depression will experience a variety of symptoms. Some people may experience relatively few symptoms, while others may experience many. Severity of symptoms varies with each individual as well as across time.

Depression

  • 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
  • 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
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain

Dysthymia

  • Depressed mood for a period of at least two years
  • Poor appetite or overeating
  • Low energy or fatigue
  • Low self-esteem or feelings of inadequacy
  • Poor concentration or difficulty making decisions
  • Feelings of hopelessness or guilt
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain
  • Generalized loss of interest or pleasure in most things
  • Social withdrawal
  • Feelings of irritability or excessive anger
  • Decreased activity, effectiveness, or productivity

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