Do I Have Depression – How To Tell

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If you think that you have depression it is important to get medical advice to help you plan a course of action to help you get through.  There are many different symptoms that show up when you have depression.  If you have asked yourself, “Do I have depression?” the following list may help you answer that question.

? Have you ever been in a depressed mood for most of the day that lasted for at least two week or longer?
? Have you ever lost interest or pleasure in most of the activities you normally do during the day for at least two weeks or longer?
? Have you ever experienced a significant unwanted weight change recently?
? Has your appetite increased or decreased over an extended period of time?
? Have you experienced a change in your sleep patterns every day for the last two weeks, either  not getting enough sleep, having disturbed sleep patterns, or sleeping too much?
? Have you recently felt tired or had a increased lack of energy during the daytime nearly every day for at least two weeks?
? Have you experienced feeling of guilt or worthlessness nearly every day for at least two weeks?
? Have you had difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions nearly every day?
? Have you had recurrent thought of death or recurring thoughts of suicide without any specific plans?
? If you have experienced any of the above symptoms did they come about as the result of the death of a loved one or any other major life change such as a baby being born or retirement?

Depression is a very common occurrence and it is nothing to be ashamed of.  If you have experienced two or more of the above symptoms talk to your doctor to discuss what steps you can take to combat your depression.  Sometimes we may just feel sad about life’s circumstances or maybe for no reason at all.  Your depression can become an illness if the following occurs:

? You experience a severe mood change that involves a lowered sense of self worth, change in sleep patterns, changes in appearance such a weight gain or weight loss, reduced desire to take care of yourself, changes in appetite, and a lack of control over your emotions.
? You mood state lasts for two weeks or longer
? Your mood state interferes with your ability to function at home or work.

If you think that you have depression talk to your doctor to find out what you can do to combat this illness and get back to feeling like yourself again.

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