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Anxiety and Stress Disorders

What are the Symptoms of Depression?

01/17/2002

Question:

What are the symptoms of depression?

Answer:

I encourage you to look at the following web site: http://www.depression-screening.org/. Here, anyone can take a self-administered test that looks at symptoms of depression and whether an individual may be depressed. Basically, depression in adults is described as feeling sad, down or depressed and having little interest or pleasure in doing things. Other symptoms include change in appetite, change in sleep habits, decreased libido, decreased concentration, low self worth and an increase in some physical symptoms like headaches. Not everyone experiences depression the same way, and not everyone has the same symptoms. Some people are agitated others are less active with less energy.

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Response by:

Nancy   Elder, MD Nancy Elder, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati