Symptoms of Depression

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Symptoms of Depression
Individuals exhibiting these symptoms chronically may be clinically depressed. Unfortunately, most victims of depression do not attribute the cause to clinical psychological problems. Without professional help, fits of depression can become increasingly worse in extremity — stimulated by less and less minor physical and mental irritations.
General Symptoms
Persistent sadness, loss of enjoyment
Loss of energy
Feeling hopeless, low self-esteem
Concentration problems
Uncontrollable crying
Inability to make decisions
Insomnia or over-sleeping
Physical discomfort
Stomach and/or digestive problems
Sexual problems
Weight loss or gain
Suicidal or grim thoughts
Depression in Teenagers
In addition to the general symptoms, pay particular attention to these:
Drop in school performance
Lack of interest in play
Lack of social interaction
Reckless behavior
Runs away from home
Excessive concern with failure
Drug use and/or alcohol consumption
Depression in the Elderly
Depression often goes undetected in the elderly because it rarely appears by itself. Additional symptoms are included below, along with a list of medical illnesses that can cause the onset of depression:
Delusions, hallucinations
Alzheimer's disease
Parkinson's disease
Multiple sclerosis
Vascular dementia
Systemic lupus erythematosus
Certain cancers
Chronic insomnia
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