What are the Symptoms of Depression?
Depression can be different for different people. Some experience a few symptoms of depression while other people have many. The same person can have different symptoms at different times. In addition, different populations, such as men, women, and the elderly, have different typical symptoms of depression and differing chances of getting depression.
Though there are other types of depression, in this article, we are discussing what doctors call major depression or clinical depression only.
An episode of major depression is characterized by you having five or more of the symptoms below, nearly every day in a two-week period, as a change from previous functioning. (As long as one of the symptoms is either depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure.)
An untreated episode of depression may last from 6 months to 24 months and people can have more than one episode in their lifetime.
Remember depression is a treatable medical condition, not a personal weakness. In recent years, doctors have made tremendous progress in the treatment of depression — all the more reason for people suffering to come forward and get help from their doctor.