What are the symptoms?
Depression can cause different symptoms in different people, and they may be hard to notice at first. For example, a child may seem grouchy and irritable. An older adult may be forgetful. If you think a loved one is depressed, learn more about what symptoms to look for, and urge the person to get help if needed.

People who are depressed may:
  • Think and speak more slowly than normal
  • Have trouble concentrating, remembering and making decisions
  • Display changes in their eating and sleeping habits
  • Lose interest in things they enjoyed before they were depressed
  • Have feelings of guilt and hopelessness, wondering if life is worth living
  • Think a lot about death or suicide
  • Complain about problems that donít have a physical cause, such as headache and stomach ache

All of these symptoms can cause a problem with your quality of life. If you have had a few of these symptoms for at least 2 weeks, talk to your doctor. You may have depression that requires treatment.

 

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