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Symptoms of Depression

Depression can be devastating to family relationships, friendships, and the ability to work or go to school. Symptoms of depression vary a great deal from person to person. Some people have only a few symptoms, while others have many.

Symptoms can change over time and may include:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness
  • Feeling guilty, worthless, or helpless
  • Restlessness, irritability, or anxiety
  • Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
  • Feeling tired
  • Trouble concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Trouble sleeping, waking up too early, or oversleeping
  • Eating more or less than usual
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Physical symptoms that defy standard diagnosis and do not respond well to medical treatments
  • Thoughts of death or suicide (with or without suicide attempts)

Associated Conditions

Depression often coexists with other conditions. The stress of coping with the disease may cause depression. Or depression may be caused by the disease itself or by medications used to treat the disease. Disorders commonly associated with depression include:

Revision Information

  • DSM-5. American Psychiatric Association website. Available at: Accessed September 30, 2015.

  • Depression. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated September 15, 2015. Accessed September 30, 2015.

  • Depression. National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: Accessed September 30, 2015.

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