If you think you have depression after reviewing this list,
print the list and circle those symptoms that you have. Take the list to your
If your depression is related to a health problem, such as
hypothyroidism, treating the disease usually cures the
Substance abuse also may cause depression that is
cured when the substance abuse is stopped. Substance abuse also can be a sign
If you have just lost someone you care about, you
may have symptoms similar to those of depression. Feelings of sadness, sorrow,
and grief are normal. And most people start to feel better over several months.
But if you feel very sad or depressed, your symptoms don't go away, or you
think about killing or hurting yourself, see your doctor. You may need
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that
all people, starting at age 12, be screened for depression.1, 2
For more information,
see the topic Depression.