Read the following information to help you decide whether you might have depression. It does not take the place of a doctor's diagnosis.
Depression causes you to feel sad and hopeless much of the time. It's different from normal feelings of sadness, grief, or low energy. Depression is a medical problem that needs treatment. If you think you may be depressed, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment right away. Untreated depression may get worse.
Antidepressants, especially when combined with talk therapy, generally help people recover from depression. Symptoms begin to improve within weeks for the majority of people taking antidepressants. And people who take antidepressants long-term -- up to 36 months -- have a relapse rate of only 18% compared to 40% for those who do not.
But if they work so well, why do so many people stop taking antidepressants within a few weeks of starting them? Or skip doses when they start to feel better?
Feel restless and not able to sit still, or sit quietly and feel that moving takes great effort.
Feel tired all the time.
Feel unworthy or guilty for no reason. You may worry that people don't like you.
Find it hard to focus, remember things, or make decisions.
A serious symptom of depression is thinking about death and suicide. If you or someone you care about talks about suicide or feeling hopeless, get help right away.
Learn the warning signs of suicide, which include talking a lot about death, giving things away, or using a lot of alcohol, drugs, or both. If you see these signs in yourself or a loved one, get help.
If you think you may have depression, take this short quiz to check your symptoms:
Interactive Tool: Are You Depressed?
If you have fewer symptoms, you may still be depressed and need treatment. No matter how many symptoms you have, it's important to see your doctor. The sooner you get treatment, the better your chance for a quick and full recovery.
There are several types of depression that may have different symptoms and patterns. These include: