What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Major Depression?

Here Are the Main Diagnostic Signs and Symptoms of Major Depression:

  1. Depressed mood with feelings of sadness, hopelessness, apathy, emptiness and tearfulness
  2. Markedly diminished interest in sex and pleasurable activities
  3. Social isolation and withdrawal from usual social interactions
  4. Significant weight loss or gain, or decrease or increase in appetite
  5. Sleep disturbance at night or sleeping much more than usual
  6. Anger, physical agitation and mental distraction
  7. Sedentary behavior and slow movement
  8. Fatigue or loss of energy
  9. Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
  10. Reduced ability to make decisions, concentrate, organize or think clearly
  11. Recurrent thoughts of death
  12. Suicidal ideas with or without a plan or an attempt
  13. These symptoms cause significant distress or impairment in the patients’ social and work functioning.

These symptoms are not attributed to drug abuse or a medical condition.

If you experience 5 or more of these symptoms above then you are probably depressed and could benefit from a professional evaluation and treatment. One to three of these symptoms does not mean you suffer with Major Depression. You may be struggling with a short-term transitional challenge or reacting to a sad or disappointing event.

Patients may present with mild, moderate, severe or profound forms of Major Depression. Depression is different than normal grief or bereavement reactions caused by a significant loss, usually of a loved one.

You Can Get Better and Feel Better.

Nobody deserves to suffer when treatment is available.

Do You Suffer with Any of These Symptoms of Depression?

If you do, then I encourage you to get a psychological evaluation and engage in depression counseling with a qualified mental health professional.

Give Me a Call Today So We Can Talk about It! – 805-448-5053.

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