Signs and Symptoms Include:
Depression has been described by some sufferers as:
"lasting sadness" or despair.
Lasting anxious, or empty mood
Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed, including sex
Decreased energy, a feeling of fatigue or of being “slowed down”
Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
Restlessness or irritability
Sleeping too much, or can’t sleep
Change in appetite and/or unintended weight loss or gain
Chronic pain or other persistent bodily symptoms that are not caused by physical illness or injury
Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
An episode is diagnosed if five or more of these symptoms last most of the day, nearly every day, for a period of 2 weeks or longer.
A moderate episode, and then mild low mood is termed “dysthymia” when it is chronic.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and are considering suicide, please call a suicide crisis hot line. In the United States: 1-800-784-2433 or 1-800-273-8255.