Symptoms of depression

By admin
18 July 2013

?Not everyone who is depressed or manic experiences every symptom listed. Some people experience a few symptoms, some many.

Not everyone who is depressed or manic experiences every symptom listed. Some people experience a few symptoms, some many. Also, the severity of symptoms varies between individuals.

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The South African Depression & Anxiety Group (Sadag) lists these as symptoms:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex.
  • Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism.
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness and self reproach.
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping.
  • Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain.
  • Decreased energy, fatigue and feeling run down.
  • Increased use of alcohol and drugs; may be associated but not a criteria for diagnosis.
  • Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts.
  • Restlessness, irritability, hostility.
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions.
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain.
  • Deterioration of social relationships.

For more info or help, call the SADAG Mental Health Line: 011 262 6396

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Source: sadag.org

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