What Is Depression?
Depression (also known as major depression, major depressive disorder, or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how a person feels, thinks, and handles daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working.
To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least 2 weeks.
via the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
What Are the Symptoms?
- Persistent sadness, anxiousness, or feelings of emtiness
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Irritability, frustration, or restlessness
- Guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
- Decreased energy and feelings of fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or sleeping
- Changes in appetite or unplanned weight changes
- Physical aches and pains or unexplainable digestive problems
- Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of death
- Increased anger or engagement in high-risk activities
- Greater impulsivity
- Increased alcohol or drug use
- Isolation from friends and family