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What are the tell tale signs of depression?

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Dr. William Holmes
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
Classic Signs: The classic signs of depression are: prolonged mood of depression, changes in sleep, decreased interests in enjoyable activities, feelings of guilt, decreased energy, decreased concentration, changes in appetite, decreased initiation of movement and activity, and thoughts of death or suicide.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Those are the classic signs; some people present with irritability & anger instead of sadness.
Jul 29, 2012
Dr. William Holmes
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
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Agreed - increased irritability and/or agitation can be a part of the picture
Jul 29, 2012
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Despair: Note inexplicable despair, anxiety, difficulty deciding, concentration, intrusive dark thoughts & mood, difficulty enjoying, no motivation, this just isn't the you we all knew, too much or too little sleep-same with appetite.Guilt, your fault; feel that somehow your ''badness'' causes irrational hurt. Thoughts of suicide. Your family will notice early on. See an excellent psychiatrist.

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Could you tell me what are sign of depression in teenagers?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Teen depression: Depression in teenagers may look like a bad child instead of a sad child. Teens may begin smoking, drinking alcohol or using drugs. They may stop doing homework and academics may take a nose dive. Arguments with parents and siblings may increase. They may be irritable. A previously compliant teen may now become a defiant one. They may isolate from others. Cont'd.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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& stop participating in activities that they previously enjoyed. They may sleep way too much or way too little. Weight can go in either direction. Self esteem may drop & they may look to re-create their identity. Thoughts about death and suicide should be taken seriously. Remember – the behavior may not be very pretty – but they are suffering.
Apr 6, 2013
A 39-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what are signs of depression?

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Dr. Jason Berman
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Here are some : Some symptoms of depression include loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, weight loss or weight gain, sleep disturbance, fatigue, very sad mood, feelings of hopelessness, thoughts about death and even suicidal thoughts. If you are experiencing any of these, please meet with a psychologist or psychiatrist right away. Be well, .
A 31-year-old member asked:

Please tell me what are all the signs of depression?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Depressive sx's may: Include low mood, irritability, anger, ^ or v sleep, change in appetite, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, v energy, v self-esteem, feelings of guilt. V motivation, absence of joy, v concentration, v memory ; suicidal thoughts. (not all sxs).
A 49-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what are some common signs of teenage depression?

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Dr. James DuRant
Pediatrics 11 years experience
Signs below...: Common symptoms we discuss are changes in sleep, decreased interest in normal interests, feelings of guilt, decreased energy, decreased concentration, changes in appetite, feeling like you are in slow motion, and having thoughts of suicide.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Please tell me what are real signs of depression?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Depressive sx's may: Include low mood, irritability, anger, ^ or v sleep, change in appetite, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, v energy, v self-esteem, feelings of guilt. V motivation, absence of joy, v concentration, v memory ; suicidal thoughts.

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