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
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.