Depression Symptoms:
Signs of Depression and
How to Seek Depression and Anxiety Treatment Counseling

Depression symptoms can be identified easily if you know what you should look for. Appropriate assessment by professionals is needed to determine whether or not you or your loved one can be diagnosed with depression.

There are three types of depression categories, which are Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymic Disorder, and Depressive Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified. Many people are not aware of depressive symptoms. Some people describe them as "feeling low," or "no energy," and some may not be able to explain their feelings with words but complain about sleeping problems or appetite problems. According to DSM-IV-TR, individuals may experience Major Depressive Episode, if the five of the following symptoms have been present for two weeks:
  1. depressed mood most of the day
  2. diminished interest or pleasure in almost all activities most of the day.
  3. significant weight loss, or decrease or increase appetite
  4. insomnia or hypersomnia
  5. feeling of slowing down
  6. fatigue or loss of energy
  7. feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt
  8. concentration problems
  9. recurrent thoughts of death or suicidal thoughts
Dysthymic Disorder can be diagnosed if individuals have experienced depressed mood for at least two years and have been present two of the following symptoms:
  1. poor appetite or overeating
  2. insomniaor hpersomnia
  3. low energy or fatigue
  4. low self-esteem
  5. poor concentration or difficulty making ecisions
  6. feelings of hopelessness
Depressive Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified can be diagnosed when inidviduals do not meet the criteria of Major Depressive Disorder or Dysthymic Disorder but have experienced depressive features. If you have experienced these symptoms, it is very important to consult with professionals who know how to treat depression. Depressive moods are treatable. Research shows that a combination of therapy and medication is the best treatment for depression. Please do not worry by yourself and get a help from the competent professionals.
If you feel that you may hurt yourself or others, please call 911 immediately.

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