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    Symptoms of Depression - Topic Overview

    You may be depressed if you have at least five of these symptoms for 2 weeks or longer, and one of the symptoms is either sadness or loss of interest.

    • You feel sad or hopeless.
    • You lose interest in or stop getting pleasure from most daily activities.
    • You lose or gain a lot of weight because of changes in how hungry you feel.
    • You sleep too much or too little.
    • You feel restless and unable to sit still, or you sit quietly and feel that moving takes great effort.
    • You feel tired all the time.
    • You feel unworthy or guilty for no reason. You may worry that people don't like you.
    • 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.

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    Learn the warning signs of suicide, which include talking a lot about death, giving things away, or using a lot of alcohol or drugs or both. If you see these signs in yourself or a loved one, get help.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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