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What if I were to diagnose myself, what symptoms of depression would I look for?

What if I were to diagnose myself, what symptoms of depression would I look for?

Depression Can Feel:: A mix of these & persists for more than few weeks: Get help: Symptoms vary day to day & may feel restless, hopeless, sad, angry, bored, helpless, tired, agitated, un focused, crying, or drained of emotion & uncaring, guilty, hollow or worthless, constantly sleeping or w/ insomnia, change in weight or appetite. Thoughts of death, or even suicide. Depression is VERY TREATABLE Reach out for help! ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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If I were to diagnose myself, what symptoms of depression would I look for first?

If I were to diagnose myself, what symptoms of depression would I look for first?

Criteria, seek help: If you are suspecting depression in yourself, seek assistance and an evaluation from your doctor. Major depressive episode consists of 4 of the following symptoms lasting greater than two weeks: depressed mood, changes in sleep, lower energy, poor concentration, changes in appetite, feelings of too much guilt, inability to enjoy, moving slower or too fast, racing thoughts, and suicidal thoughts. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if I were to diagnose myself, what symptoms of depression would I look for?

Depression symptoms: Symptoms of depression include: a loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy, difficulty concentrating, change in sleep and/or appetite, fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, poor motivation, feeling sad and irritabiliy. If you have the majority of these symptoms you may be depressed. If you have suicidal thoughts you should seek medical help immediately. ...Read more

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Is anxiety a symptom of depression?

Is anxiety a symptom of depression?

Anxiety: Anxiety and depression can certainly be seen in the same individual. The part of the brain responsible for causing depression can also lead to anxiety. The same neurotransmitters are involved in both systems so we often times see both of these conditions in the same person. ...Read more

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Is depression a symptom of menopause?

Is depression a symptom of menopause?

Menapause & depressi: Women going through menapause may develop depression. On the other hand most women going through menapause do not develop depression. Both conditions can develop independently. Most women who become depressed are not going through menapause. ...Read more

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I can't stand humanity or life in general at times. Is this a symptom of depression?

I can't stand humanity or life in general at times. Is this a symptom of depression?

Hmmm: Could be. But, the main symptoms of depression are sadness & inability to enjoy life, which you did not describe. Sounds more like you are disappointed in people and that has made you mad & bitter. Freud once said something like. .. It is not surprising that people act like animals (since we are animals). It's surprising when we don't (i.e., when we are civilized, kind & generous). ...Read more

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Getting violent and just shout really loudly. Is this a symptom of depression in men?

Possibly: Irritabilty is a symptom of depression but also of other illnesses as well, such as bipolar disorder. To have depression he would need to have more symptoms than just irritability. Another option to consider is he could have problems coping with things and needs anger management. An evaluation by a mental health professional would help in accurately diagnosing and recommending treatment. ...Read more

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Do those who have depression treat some nicely and some rudely as a symptom of their depression?

Do those who have depression treat some nicely and some rudely as a symptom of their depression?

It can be a piece of: The puzzle of depression. There are many different types of depression. But whatever, it feels bad and when one feels bad it is easy to be irritable. Many non-depressed folk like some people and dislike others. Being rude may be harder to suppress when you feel bad, especially if you don't like the person, but it is not directly a symptom - just a bad behavior. ...Read more

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Someone close to me has been feeling down for a while. What is the most common symptom of depression usually?

Depression symptoms: Common symptoms of depression include: feelings of sadness, a loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy, difficulty concentrating, change in sleep and/or appetite, fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, poor motivation, and irritabiliy. The person may also have problems functioning at work or school. If they have the majority of these symptoms they may have depression. ...Read more

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Is depression a symptom of peri menopause?

Is depression a symptom of peri menopause?

Yes: Mood swings, mood changes, depression and lack of energy are all signs of perimenopause. Sometimes this is due to decreases in metabolism, decreased activity, decreased libido. Sleep disturbances, or lack of sleep can contribute as well. Exercise, at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular at least 5-6 days a week can help. Sometimes women start on an ssri to get through these changes. Consult md. ...Read more

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Is messiness a symptom of add or depression?

Is messiness a symptom of add or depression?

Possibly both: It would be possible for someone with either condition to be messy, but it would be for different reasons. In add the person may be very distractible and unfocused; in depression s/he may be very low energy and unmotivated to clean up. A clinical evaluation with a skilled mental health professional would be able to differentiate. Sometimes a person could have both conditions. ...Read more

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Can depression be a symptom of scoliosis?

Can depression be a symptom of scoliosis?

Unlikely: Unless the scoliosis is severe enough to cause disfigurement, chronic pain, or limitation in physical capabilities, then no. ...Read more

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Is sadness and depression a symptom of puberty?

Is sadness and depression a symptom of puberty?

No: Neither of those are a "symptom" of depression. Adolescence can be a difficult time of adjustment leading to sadness or depression. If you are concerned, you should talk to someone. ...Read more

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Is stomach nausea a symptom of depression?

Is stomach nausea a symptom of depression?

Maybe: Nausea is probably not the most common physical symptom associated with depression, but change in appetite is commonly seen in depression. The symptoms seen in depression include loss of interest, sleep problems, guilt, loss of energy, poor concentration, sadness, and thoughts of death. Please see a health care professional if you have these symptoms. Treatment is effective. ...Read more

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Is inability to concentrate usually a symptom of depression?

Is inability to concentrate usually a symptom of depression?

Possibly: Difficulty concentrating can indeed be one of the symptoms of depression, but other things can cause this also. Such as, anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorders, and some psychotic disorders. Substance abuse and/or dependence can lead to difficulty concentrating as well. Best bet would be to consult a psychiatrist for thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Is an inability to concentrate a possible symptom of depression?

Yes: Yes, difficulty concentrating can be a part of depressive symptoms. However, other things are possible also, so it isn't enough on its own to diagnose depression. ...Read more

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As a symptom of Schizoaffective disorder and depression can it feel like someone is in your body?

As a symptom of Schizoaffective disorder and depression can it feel like someone is in your body?

Yes, schizoaffective: Disorder can manifest in hallucinations and delusions. Some can be auditory/hearing, visual, and some bodily sensations. Please continue to see your doc. Use medication but include psychotherapy for best outcome. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Told feeling life is pointless is a symptom of my depression but isn't thinking life is not pointless denial? Since we all die, how can life matter?

Told feeling life is pointless is a symptom of my depression but isn't thinking life is not pointless denial? Since we all die, how can life matter?

I am sorry you: Feel so hopeless. A mental health professional can help. Beyond that, just focusing on a life that can help in any way to relieve the suffering or poverty of others is not pointless. That thought may help you break the negative self talk cycle you may be in. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is need for sleep symptom of depression?

Is need for sleep symptom of depression?

Can be: Hypersomnia (^'ed sleep) or Hyposomina (V'ed sleep) can occur. ...Read more

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Can depression be a possible symptom of cancer?

Only possible: While cancers can present variable depending on patient, type of cancer, areas involved and many things we don't understand, depression can result or be enhanced by a malignant process occurring. I'd caution though that there are more causes of depression unrelated to cancer than causes due to cancer. Talk to primary care doc as a start. ...Read more

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Questions about depression. Can you have depression and be sleepless, or is that a manic symptom?

Questions about depression. Can you have depression and be sleepless, or is that a manic symptom?

Sad or stimulated?: Insomnia is a symptom of depression. People who are depressed can have difficulty falling asleep. However, they will usually wake up early and have difficulty sleeping again. People who have mania do not have difficulty sleeping. They just have a decreased need for sleep. For example, they could feel rested after only three hours of sleep. They are too stimulated to feel the need for much sleep. ...Read more

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Is anger a symptom of postpartum depression?

Is anger a symptom of postpartum depression?

It can be.: Some women have irritability and anger as the predominant symptom of their depression.

It is best to seek help to assess whether this is a symptom of depression. ...Read more

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Is frequent night waking a symptom of depression?

Is frequent night waking a symptom of depression?

Yes, could be: Difficulty sleeping is indeed part of depression but nocturnal awakening can occur with sleep apnea, and nocturnal myoclonus. You may need overnight sleep study to be more certain. ...Read more

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Can nausea be a symptom of depression if all other medical conditions are ruled out?

Can nausea be a symptom of depression if all other medical conditions are ruled out?

Possible: Physical manifestations from depression are numerous and vary from person to person. While it's possible that your nausea could be related to depression, nausea is a very non-specific symptom and is associated with many other conditions (not to mention what you're eating/drinking). If this persists, I recommend a physical evaluation with your doctor. ...Read more

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I feel as if I've lost the ability to think and have no thoughts at all. I have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression. Could this be a symptom?

I feel as if I've lost the ability to think and have no thoughts at all. I have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression. Could this be a symptom?

Hyperthyroidism: I feel your distress having the feeling, Your overactive Thyroid is likely the reason for your Anxiety; Fatigue, muscle weakness, weight loss, difficulty sleeping and Changes in menstrual patterns have likely led to “as if I've lost the ability to think and have no thoughts at all” and
Depression aided by stress.
See an Endocrinolgist for thyroid status.
See a Psychiatrist for Therapy, Relaxation ...Read more

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Is negatively thinking about things like death and what life means a symptom of depression? My thinking has no answers so would a therapist be useless

Is negatively thinking about things like death and what life means a symptom of depression? My thinking has no answers so would a therapist be useless

NOT useless: A therapist would be USEFUL to you if you're frequently thinking of death. Yes, this could be symptoms of depression. Please talk to your parents, a therapist, your doctor, a school counselor, a pastor, etc. Help is available. ...Read more

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Is memory loss symptom of stress and depression?

It could be.: Depression and anxiety and stress can make it harder to think and remember. But it is a good idea to have a professional evaluate all your symptoms. ...Read more

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