How do you know if you’re depressed?

Some people feel like they want to crawl up in a ball and go to sleep, and others think, “What’s the point?” And some feel suicidal. Statistics show that out of the total American population 9.5 percent experience depression’s mental ailment in their day to day lives every year. There are many things that can throw a person into depression and symptoms are varied. If you are feeling like you may be affected by it, take a look at these common symptoms and determine if you want to delve deeper into diagnoses.

Here are some “symptoms of depression” to look for if lasting for more than 2 weeks:

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  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling pessimistic
  • Lacking energy
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Poor memory
  • Poor appetite
  • Loss of libido
  • No “zest” for life
  • Feeling of isolation, social withdrawal
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Frequent crying for no apparent reason
  • Poor quality of sleep (difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or waking early)
  • Negative thinking
  • Circular thought process (rumination)
  • Inactivity
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable
  • Procrastination
  • Feelings of guilt
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