Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Depression key symptoms

How do you can decide whether you are responding normally to difficult times, or have become depressed?

Professionals look for the following key symptoms when deciding if you are depressed.

1- Depressed or irritable mood most of the day, nearly every day
2- Loss of interest or pleasure
3- Changes in weight or appetite
4- Sleep problems
5- Agitation
6- Tiredness and loss of energy
7- Feeling guilty or worthless
8- Difficulty in concentrating or making decisions
9- Thoughts of death or suicide

You are likely to receive a diagnosis of depression if you experience at least five of these symptoms over a two-week period. However, the most important signs are depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, or a loss of interest or pleasure in things you previously enjoyed.
People have different patterns of depression; for example some people are severely depressed for a relatively short time while others have milder depression over a number of years.

I'll write about kinds of depression in next post, don't miss it.

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