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Symptoms of Depression- Do You Recognize Them?

Do you know that the symptoms of Adult Clinical Depression and Childhood Clinical Depression can look differently? Take a look at this lists below to determine if you, or someone you care about may be suffering from Depression.

Adult Depression of includes any combination of these symptoms:

  • Fatigue or loss of energy, nearly every day

  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

  • Impaired concentration or indecisiveness

  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping, nearly every day

  • Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in activities that were once considered enjoyable (called anhedonia). This symptom can be observed by significant others

  • Psychomotor agitation or retardation (feelings of restlessness or being slowed down)

  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide

  • Significant weight loss or weight gain

  • Clinical depression is distinguishable by either a depressed mood, or a lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities for at least a two week period

Symptoms of Childhood Depression may include:

  • Decreased interest in activities; or inability to enjoy previously favorite activities

  • Frequent sadness, tearfulness, crying

  • Hopelessness

  • Persistent boredom; low energy

  • Social isolation, poor communication

  • Low self esteem and guilt

  • Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure

  • Increased irritability, anger, or hostility

  • Difficulty with relationships

  • Frequent complaints of physical illnesses such as headaches and stomachaches

  • Frequent absences from school or poor performance in school

  • Poor concentration

  • Drug use/experimentation

  • A major change in eating and/or sleeping patterns

  • Talk of or efforts to run away from home

  • Thoughts or expressions of suicide or self destructive behavior

  • If you, or someone you care about, is experiencing a combination of these symptoms that have lasted two weeks or more, Clinical Depression may be present. If so, it is recommended that you seek out a counselor and describes your symptoms for a proper diagnosis and treatment

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