Symptoms



Doctors consider diagnosing someone with "major depression" if that person has experienced most or all of the following symptoms nearly every day for at least two weeks:

 

  • Depressed or irritable mood.
  • Loss of interest in activities you enjoy.
  • Change in appetite or a change in weight (either a loss or a gain).
  • Sleeping too much or not enough.
  • Agitated actions or slowed-down actions.
  • Lack of energy.
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt.
  • Difficulty in making decisions or concentrating.
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

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Note that everyone has symptoms like these occasionally without having "major depression." Some people say they are depressed when they are sad about life events or when they are mourning a loss. It is when the symptoms interfere with daily life that the diagnosis of "major depression" can be made.