How to Recognize Depression

Depression impacts 17 million Americans. Here are the most common symptoms.


Filed Under: ADHD and Depression

Depression is marked by feelings of sadness or emptiness for much of the day, nearly every day. Other symptoms include:

-- Loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable

-- Change in appetite—usually a decline, but sometimes an increase

-- Difficulty sleeping, or sleeping more than usual

-- Fatigue or lack of energy

-- Agitation

-- Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or inadequacy

-- Difficulty concentrating, indecisiveness

-- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

-- Unexplained aches and pains

If you’ve had one or more of these symptoms for two weeks or longer, consult a doctor or mental-health professional. If you’re thinking about suicide, or if you feel so bad that you can’t work or are avoiding people, seek help as soon as possible.

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