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Signs of Depression : Depressed? How to Diagnose Clinical Depression

Abstract: A description of signs of depression and symptoms which might indicate that you are depressed

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Signs of Depression : Depressed? How to Diagnose Clinical Depression

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Written by: , lecturer of Psychiatry in the University of Ioannina Medical School, Greece. E-mail:
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 13 Dec 2008.

How do I know if I'm depressed? I feel miserable for days now. Do I have clinical depression? What are the symptoms and signs of depression?

Answer:

If you recognize some of the problems and symptoms of depression described below, it may be worth investigating whether you are depressed. If in doubt, consult your doctor.

Psychological signs of depression

  • persistent low/blue mood
  • low self-esteem More.
  • tearfulness
  • feelings of guilt
  • intolerance of others
  • poor motivation
  • poor interest
  • lack of enjoyment
  • irritability More
  • hopelessness
  • helplessness
  • suicidal thoughts
  • thoughts of harming someone else, such as a baby
  • reduced sex drive
  • feeling worse first thing in the morning
  • anxiety More.
  • obsessional worries, acts, ruminations, or images
  • difficulty making decisions
  • worries about a child

Physical

  • slowed movement
  • disturbed sleep
  • slowed speech
  • change in appetite (usually decreased but sometimes increased)
  • change in weight (usually a decrease but sometimes weight gain)
  • aches and pains
  • lack of energy
  • constipation
  • menstrual disturbance
  • lack of interest in sex
  • multiple physical symptoms

Social

  • lack of ability to work
  • lack of social activities
  • few hobbies and interest
  • few friendships
  • home difficulties
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