Could You Be Depressed? 9 Signs to Watch Out For

Monday, November 26, 2012

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Everyone has down days and times when they feel sad. But sometimes sadness can turn into depression, which is more than feeling sad or having a bad day. Depression is felt every day (or most days) and lasts at least 2 weeks, usually much longer than sadness. It also makes it hard for you to do things (like work or family duties) and it can stop you from doing the things you want to do.

People with depression usually feel down, blue, or sad, and they have other signs, such as:

  1. Not wanting to do things that used to be fun

  2. Feeling grumpy, easily frustrated, restless

  3. Changes in sleep—trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, waking up too early, or sleeping too much

  4. Eating more or less than they used to

  5. Trouble thinking

  6. Feeling tired, even after sleeping well

  7. Feeling worthless

  8. Thinking about dying or hurting themselves

  9. Feeling sad most days

You may have depression if you have five or more of the signs listed above and if they’ve lasted 2 weeks or more. Use our depression screening quiz to see where you stand. You should consider seeing your doctor or a qualified mental health professional, especially if these problems are getting in the way of your life or are making you stressed.

*NOTE: This information is not intended to provide a medical diagnosis of major depression. It cannot take the place of seeing a mental health professional. It is common for people who are feeling bad to think about hurting themselves or dying.

If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of self-destruction or suicide, please seek immediate help. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24-hour crisis center or dial 911. 1-800-273-TALK is available 24/7 to provide free, private help to people in crisis.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, runs the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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