For major depression, you may experience five or more of the following for at least a two-week period:

* Persistent sadness, pessimism
* Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness or hopelessness
* Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities, including sex
* Difficulty concentrating and complaints of poor memory
* Worsening of co-existing chronic disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes
* Insomnia or oversleeping
* Weight gain or loss
* Fatigue, lack of energy
* Anxiety, agitation, irritability
* Thoughts of suicide or death
* Slow speech; slow movements
* Headache, stomachache, and digestive problems

In children and adolescents, symptoms of depression may include:

* Insomnia, fatigue, headache, stomachache, dizziness
* Apathy, social withdrawal, weight loss
* Drug abuse or alcohol abuse, a drop in school performance, difficulty concentrating
* Isolation from family and friends
* For dysthymia (minor, but long-term depression), symptoms are less intense and fewer in number, but long-lasting.


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