The symptoms of
depression may be hard to notice at first. They can be
different from person to person, and you may confuse them with just feeling
"off" or "down." You also may confuse the symptoms with another health
Feel restless and not be able to sit still, or you may sit
quietly and feel that moving takes great effort. Others can easily see this
Feel tired or as if you have no energy almost every day.
Feel unworthy or guilty nearly every day. You may have low
self-esteem and worry that people don't like you.
Find it hard to focus, remember things, or make decisions nearly
every day. You may feel anxious or worried about things.
Are you depressed?
If you have
at least five of the above symptoms for 2 weeks or longer, and one of the
symptoms is either sadness or loss of interest, you may have depression and may
need treatment. If you have 2 to 4 symptoms for a
period of at least 2 years (1 year for a child), you may have a long-term form
of depression called
dysthymic disorder (dysthymia).
Even if you have fewer symptoms, you may still
be depressed and may benefit from 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.