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7 Symptoms of Depression

Depression is now considered common, affecting about 340 million people worldwide. Although treatable, about half of all cases of depression go undiagnosed and unaddressed. Situational depression is a typical and normal reaction to events, such as a recent loss, and is simply part of the human experience. Rather than suppress situational depression, it is best to work through these periods with help from psychotherapists or counselors. A more serious medical diagnosis is clinical depression - it can also be triggered by a recent loss or other sad event, but then grows out of proportion to the situation and persists longer than appropriate, affecting emotional health. Clinical depression often requires other forms of treatment in addition to counseling and therapy.

If you are experiencing any of the following, which are common symptoms of depression, make an appointment to talk with a therapist:

  1. A sullen mood
  2. Feelings of hopelessness, guilt and anxiety
  3. Loss of interest in things that used to be pleasurable
  4. Change in appetite
  5. Change in sleeping patterns
  6. Inability to concentrate
  7. A lack of energy or feeling run-down

Learn more about the various types of depression by visiting the Mental Health Center.

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Reader Comments (3)

Hi Dr. Weil and thank you for the information about symptoms of depression. Two things I think are especially interesting and valuable (to me) in your last two posts were realizing that depression can not only be situational but also very normal as long as it's not prolonged or too pronounced. And also that exercise can be a great, quick, pick-me-up when you are faced with anxiety and depression. I know it works for me almost every time I feel blue or out-of-sorts. The trick is to motivate yourself to start the exercise in the first place! I was very surprised to learn that coffee isn't helpful when it comes to depression- I always thought it was the opposite.
I work for a vitamin/supplement company called Solanova, and we often refer to your insight, advice, and user-friendly information. So thank you again!

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStella Smith

Thank you Stella!

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered

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Would you have any suggestions??


March 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermmc123999
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