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Depression Clinic

Depression Symptoms

Not everyone who is depressed experiences all of the symptoms of depressions. Frequently symptoms will wax and wane over time. Some people may experience a few of the symptoms, others may experience most or all of the symptoms. An assessment with a qualified professional is required to make the diagnosis of depression.

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed down”
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
  • Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain

Seasonal Affective Disorder

  • The depressive episodes regularly occur at a particular time of the year (e.g. fall or winter)
  • The regular pattern is not caused by obvious seasonal psychosocial stressors (e.g. unemployed in winter)
  • Full remission of the depression at a characteristic time of the year (depression disappears in the spring)
  • The seasonal episodes substantially outnumber the non-seasonal episodes in a person’s lifetime
  • Seasonal patterns in the past 2 years with no non-seasonal patterns in the past 2 years

Manic Symptoms

  • Abnormal or excessive elation
  • Unusual irritability
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Grandiose notions
  • Increased talking
  • Racing thoughts
  • Increased sexual desire
  • Markedly increased energy
  • Poor judgment
  • Inappropriate social behavior
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