Signs and Symptoms of Depression
Although a severe lack of motivation is one symptom of depression, a person must exhibit many other symptoms before being diagnosed as clinically depressed. In the same two week period, a depressed person will experience five of the following symptoms, which reflect a definite change from usual functioning:
* Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day;
* Increased/decreased appetite or significant weight loss/gain;
* Fatigue or loss of energy;
* Decreased interest or pleasure in activities;
* Change in sleep patterns, including insomnia or hypersomnia;
* Agitated or sluggish motor activity;
* Diminished ability to concentrate or make decisions;
* Feelings of guilt and worthlessness, and;
* Repeated thoughts about
death or suicide.
Even if a person experiences five or more of these symptoms, it is difficult to perform a self-diagnosis and therefore, one should seek medical advice if depression is suspected.
But I only have two of the symptoms above, which is decreased interest or pleasure in activities and fatigue or loss of energy. So is it counted as depression? I am very confused. Please help me out.
Post Edited (slayme123) : 8/1/2010 6:31:15 AM (GMT-6)