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Symptoms of Depression-Self Diagnosis Depression Test

How Severe Is Your Depression?

Sadness, loneliness, and occasional depression are experienced by everyone at some point in their lives. Feeling sad or depressed can occur as a result of a breakup, work stress, financial problems, general struggles of life, and can be a normal reaction to grief and loss. These feelings come and go and typically there's a source or reason for the depression that we can identify. Conversely, when a low mood and certain accompanying symptoms become the norm and last for more than two weeks it may be indicative of clinical depression. A diagnosis of depression requires that there be several persistent symptoms along with a low mood that is present for at least two weeks. Not everyone will experience every symptom, some may have a few while others will have many symptoms that can be severe or mild and can vary based on the stage of depression.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health symptoms of depression include feeling sad, empty, or anxious. Ongoing aches and pains, digestive problems and headaches that don't ease with treatment and have no known cause. Appetite loss or eating too much including a 5% body weight loss or gain over a month's time. Suicide attempts or thoughts of suicide. Anger, irritability, short-tempered Ness, and everything and everyone getting on your nerves. Loss of interest and activities you once enjoyed even sex, restlessness, and irritability insomnia or excessive sleeping. Feelings of pessimism and hopelessness, feelings of helplessness, worthlessness, or guilt. Fatigue and significant loss of energy, restlessness and restless behavior such as the inability to sit still. Problems concentrating making decisions or remembering details.

If you suspect that you have depression it's time to seek medical help. Depression is certainly treatable and doctors have various options at their disposal. However, if left untreated, depression may get worse and can last for several months or years to cause major suffering, a reduced quality of life and may even lead to suicide. More than ten percent of people with depression commit suicide. There are various mental health screenings to diagnose depression and the type of depression you may have. Typically depression is treated with psychotherapy or antidepressant medications and often both avenues may need to be utilized for successful treatment outcomes if you suspect you have depression.

 

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