I am concerned about a friend who I suspect may be suffering from depression. Can you tell me the symptoms of depression?

Symptoms of major depression include:

  • No interest in things you used to enjoy
  • Depressed mood
  • Feeling slowed down or feeling restless
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Appetite disturbance
  • Thoughts about suicide
  • Concentration impairment
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Fatigue.

Someone with major depression has at least five of these symptoms lasting for two weeks or longer. More than 80% of depressed patients will respond to at least one of several available antidepressant medications. Counseling with a mental health therapist can add to the effectiveness of drugs. Treatment needs to continue four to twelve months after full recover is achieved.