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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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    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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