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What are the top 10 signs or symptoms of depression?

By March 1, 2019 June 9th, 2019 No Comments

Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe. According to the APA can include:

  1. Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
  2. Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  3. Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
  4. Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  5. Loss of energy or increased fatigue
  6. Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others)
  7. Feeling worthless or guilty
  8. Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
  9. Thoughts of death or suicide
  10. Symptoms must last at least two weeks for a diagnosis of depression.

Also, medical conditions such as thyroid problems, a brain tumor or vitamin deficiency, can mimic symptoms of depression, so it is important to rule out general medical causes.