Symptoms of Depression

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Feeling unhappy or sad in response to disappointment, loss, frustration or a medical condition is normal. Many people use the word “depression” to explain these kinds of feelings, but that is really situational depression, which is a normal reaction to events around us. Clinical depression, though, overwhelms and engulfs your day to day life, interfering with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and have fun. It is unrelenting, with little if any relief.

Clinical depression is distinguished from situational depression by length and severity.

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Depression Symptoms

Symptoms of depression include:

* Loss of interest in normal daily activities
* Feeling sad or down
* Feeling hopeless
* Crying spells for no apparent reason
* Problems sleeping
* Trouble focusing or concentrating
* Difficulty making decisions
* Unintentional weight gain or loss
* Irritability
* Restlessness
* Being easily annoyed
* Feeling fatigued or weak
* Feeling worthless
* Loss of interest in sex
* Thoughts of suicide or suicidal behavior
* Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

Depression symptoms can vary greatly because different people experience depression in different ways. A 25-year-old man with depression may not have the same symptoms as a 70-year-old man, for instance. For some people, depression symptoms are so severe that it's obvious something isn't right. Others may feel generally miserable or unhappy without really knowing why.

For information purposes only. The information is not intended to replace proper medical care.

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