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What are the symptoms of Depression?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of depression may include the following:

  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex

  • Irritability, restlessness

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelingsThoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

  • Overeating or appetite loss

  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping

  • Feelings of hopelessness

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions

  • Fatigue and decreased energy

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness

  • Headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment

We all feel sad, lonely, or depressed at times. And feeling depressed is a normal reaction to loss or an injured self-esteem. But when these feelings become overwhelming, involve physical symptoms, and last for long periods of time, they can keep you from leading a normal, active life. That's when it's time to seek medical help. Our doctor is a good place to start. We can screen you for depression and help manage your symptoms.