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Symptoms of Depression

Symptoms

Not everyone who is depressed or manic experiences every symptom. Some people experience a few symptoms, some many. Severity of symptoms varies with individuals and also varies over time.

Symptoms of Depression Can Include:

Symptoms of depression include a persistent sad mood; loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed; significant change in appetite or body weight; difficulty sleeping or oversleeping; physical slowing or agitation; loss of energy; feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt; difficulty thinking or concentrating; and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide. A diagnosis of major depressive disorder (or unipolar major depression) is made if an individual has five or more of these symptoms during the same two-week period. Unipolar major depression typically presents in discrete episodes that recur during a person's lifetime.

Bipolar disorder (or manic-depressive illness) is characterized by episodes of major depression as well as episodes of mania – periods of abnormally and persistently elevated mood or irritability accompanied by at least three of the following symptoms: overly-inflated self-esteem; decreased need for sleep; increased talkativeness; racing thoughts; distractibility; increased goal-directed activity or physical agitation; and excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have a high potential for painful consequences.

While sharing some of the features of major depression, bipolar disorder is a different illness that is discussed in detail in a separate topic.

Symptoms of Mania Can Include:

Excessively "high" mood Decreased need for sleep Increased energy and activity Increased talking, moving, and sexual activity. Racing thoughts Disturbed ability to make decisions Grandiose notions Being easily distracted Abnormal or excessive elation Unusual irritability and Inappropriate social behavior.

In the Workplace, Depression Often May Be Recognized By:

Decreased productivity Morale problems Lack of cooperation Safety problems, accidents Absenteeism Frequent complaints of being tired all the time Complaints of unexplained aches and pains Alcohol and drug abuse.

Get an Accurate Diagnosis

A thorough diagnosis is needed if five or more of the symptoms of depression or mania persist for more than two weeks, or are interfering with work or family life. A good diagnosis involves a complete physical checkup and a review of family history of health problems.Most People Can Be Helped Quickly.

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