can be devastating to family relationships, friendships, and the ability to work or go to school. Symptoms of depression vary a great deal from person to person. Some people have only a few symptoms, while others have many.
Symptoms can change over time and may include: Persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessnessFeeling guilty, worthless, or helpless
Restlessness, irritability, or
anxietyLoss of interest in hobbies and activitiesFeeling tiredTrouble concentrating, remembering, or making decisionsTrouble sleeping, waking up too early, or oversleepingEating more or less than usualWeight gain or weight lossLoss of interest in sexPhysical symptoms that defy standard diagnosis and do not respond well to medical treatmentsThoughts of death or suicide (with or without suicide attempts)
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http://www.psychiatry.org/dsm5. Accessed September 30, 2015.
Depression. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated September 15, 2015. Accessed September 30, 2015.
National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at:
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml. Accessed September 30, 2015.
Last reviewed September 2015 by Michael Woods, MD
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