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 doctor.
If your depression is related to a health problem, such as hypothyroidism, treating the disease usually cures the depression. Substance abuse also may cause depression that is cured when the substance abuse is stopped. Substance abuse also can be a sign of depression.
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 treatment.
The 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.