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When should I seek help for depression?

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If your symptoms of depression are causing problems with relationships, work, or your family -- and there isn't a clear solution -- you should see a professional. Talking with a mental health counselor or doctor can help prevent things from getting worse, especially if your symptoms stay for any length of time. It's important to understand that feeling depressed doesn't mean you have depression. Depression involves not only changes in mood, but also changes in sleep, energy, appetite, concentration, and motivation. If you have physical symptoms like these and find yourself feeling depressed much of the time for days or weeks, see your doctor.

From: Symptoms of Depression WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5.

National Institute of Mental Health: "What are the symptoms of depression?"

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Depression."

The National Women's Health Information Center: "Depression."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Depression in Older Adults: What it is and how to get help."

The Journal of the American Medical Association . “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 9, 2017

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5.

National Institute of Mental Health: "What are the symptoms of depression?"

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Depression."

The National Women's Health Information Center: "Depression."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Depression in Older Adults: What it is and how to get help."

The Journal of the American Medical Association . “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 9, 2017

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