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Symptoms of Depression

Generally, people don't experiences the same set symptoms of depression nor do they experience them at the same severity. The three main depressive disorders are: major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder (chronic, less severe depression), and bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness: periods of depression cycle with periods of mania, which may include symptoms of excessive energy, abnormally elevated mood, unusual irritability, decreased need for sleep, increased talking, racing thoughts, increased sexual desire, grandiose ideas and activities, poor judgment, and inappropriate social behavior). Not everyone with a depressive disorder experiences every symptom. The number and severity of symptoms may vary among individuals and also over time.

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Frequent waking in the middle of the night
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Inability to function at work or school
  • Headaches, digestive disorders, nausea with no other cause
  • Excessive crying
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Lack of energy
  • Slowed thinking
  • Difficulty in concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety and hopelessness
  • Restlessness, agitation and irritability
  • Feelings of inappropriate guilt or worthlessness
  • Persistent physical symptoms, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain, which do not respond to routine treatment may also be psychosomatic manifestations of depression.

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