anxiety & depression

depression symptoms


Symptoms of depression include:

- you're feeling down (depressed literally means down)

- you're feeling sad, with little energy or interest in things that used to be of interest to you...

- you find it hard to concentrate ("what's the point?")...

- you have a really hard time getting up in the moning, feel lethargic throughout the day...

- or you feel unable to sleep at all... you experience sleeplessness and restlessness...

If any of the above lasts just a few days, it's not clinical depression. It may just be some fatigue.

The above symptons are clinical depression symtoms only if they have been going on for a while (at least a couple of weeks).

Dr. Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), describes how depression affects both the mood and the body:

- "Depression brings a tremendous sense of hopelessness. When you're in the middle of it, you can't remember that things were any better."

- "It's not just people feeling lousy. Depression affects the cardiovascular system, the endocrine system, even bone growth leading to osteoperosis."

source: New York Times, June 18, 2003

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