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Gentle Ways To Overcome Depression

14 SYMPTOMS OF CLINICAL

14 SYMPTOMS OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION If you find that your depression has become continuous and has started to interfere with your everyday activities, you may suffer from clinical depression. This is more serious than a passing depressed mood. According to the American Psychiatric Associations Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, if you have at least five of the following symptoms, lasting two weeks or more, you may be clinically depressed and should seek out professional help immediately: • An irritable mood or feelings of sadness and grief nearly every day; • A loss of interest or pleasure in things you once enjoyed; • A change of appetite—significant weight gain or loss; • Changes in sleeping patterns—insomnia or excessive sleeping; • Physical restlessness or slowed body movements; • Fatigue or loss of energy; • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt; • Problems in concentrating, thinking, remembering, or making decisions; • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, or a suicide plan or attempt.

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