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How can I tell I have depression?

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Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry
8 doctors agree

In brief: Get help if...

You may be feeling uncontrollably sad, detached, more irritable, down on yourself, overeating/binging on junk food or not eating/no appetite, having thoughts of self-harm or in fact doing harmful things to yourself to ease the emotional pain like cutting, doing drugs, skipping classes at school, not caring what happens to yourself, isolating from peers and family and thinking of ending it all.

In brief: Get help if...

You may be feeling uncontrollably sad, detached, more irritable, down on yourself, overeating/binging on junk food or not eating/no appetite, having thoughts of self-harm or in fact doing harmful things to yourself to ease the emotional pain like cutting, doing drugs, skipping classes at school, not caring what happens to yourself, isolating from peers and family and thinking of ending it all.
Dr. Patricia Foster
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Dr. Patricia Foster
Please talk to your parents and/or a trusted adult such as a teacher, coach, doctor, school social worker, nurse or psychologist or anyone at your church or place of worship. They will help you find a therapist and psychiatrist. Depression is treatable!
Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Are you sad?

Signs of true depression include: you wake up every day feeling sad or hopeless or worthless; you think life isn't worth living, maybe even think that suicide is a way out; you sleep too much or too little; you have no appetite or eat way too much; you have unexplained aches and pains; you obsess over what other people consider minor physical symptoms.
Please talk to someone for real about this.

In brief: Are you sad?

Signs of true depression include: you wake up every day feeling sad or hopeless or worthless; you think life isn't worth living, maybe even think that suicide is a way out; you sleep too much or too little; you have no appetite or eat way too much; you have unexplained aches and pains; you obsess over what other people consider minor physical symptoms.
Please talk to someone for real about this.
Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Dr. Phelan-Adams is 200% correct. However (!!!) depression can present atypically, especially in teens and kids and the elderly. Sometimes, outbursts of anger (often misdiagnosed as oppositional-defiant disorder, etc.) are symptoms of depression. Also just doing things you know you shouldn't do, and don't want to do, as well: negative impulses can be a sign.
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Atypical depression and PTSD is so often misdiagnosed in teens and kids! That it is dang near a crime. Wrong labels are attached and children targeted and treated inappropriately. Despite the fact that you can't diagnose a personality disorder in a kid less than 16, it doesn't stop those horrible labels from attaching to & preventing successful treatment. It takes one smart doc to get it right.
Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Symptoms

The primary symptom is sadness on most days.
However, increased sleep and fatigue, low appetite, low energy, hopelessness etc are also symptoms. Ask a doctor about getting help.

In brief: Symptoms

The primary symptom is sadness on most days.
However, increased sleep and fatigue, low appetite, low energy, hopelessness etc are also symptoms. Ask a doctor about getting help.
Dr. Anthony Vertino
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Dr. Damian Tomic
General Practice
4 doctors agree

In brief: Many symptoms

There are many symptoms of depression including; Feeling depressed, sad or anxious, feeling hopeless or worthless, flat mood, physical slowness or agitation, reduced appetite and weight loss, reduced sleep especially early waking, loss of interest in sex, loss of energy or fatigue, memory issues, thoughts of harming yourself.
Some may have increased appetite and weight gain or physical symptoms

In brief: Many symptoms

There are many symptoms of depression including; Feeling depressed, sad or anxious, feeling hopeless or worthless, flat mood, physical slowness or agitation, reduced appetite and weight loss, reduced sleep especially early waking, loss of interest in sex, loss of energy or fatigue, memory issues, thoughts of harming yourself.
Some may have increased appetite and weight gain or physical symptoms
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Through eval

Please let your parents know about this now.
Tell your parents about your mood, energy level, concentration, memory, self esteem, motivation levels, sex drive, sleep & appetite. Crying spells, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness are pertinent as well as your capacity to feel joy. Let them know immediately if you have suicidal thoughts. Depression screens include: Zung Self-Rating Depression

In brief: Through eval

Please let your parents know about this now.
Tell your parents about your mood, energy level, concentration, memory, self esteem, motivation levels, sex drive, sleep & appetite. Crying spells, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness are pertinent as well as your capacity to feel joy. Let them know immediately if you have suicidal thoughts. Depression screens include: Zung Self-Rating Depression
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Scale, Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D), Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology, Patient Health Questionnaire 9-item (PHQ-9), Beck Depression Inventory, SALSA, SIG E CAPS, CES Depression Scale & Montgomery - Åsberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS).
Dr. Stephen Kibrick
Clinical Psychology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depression

Clinical depression is different from just feeling sad or blue for a few days.
Symptoms of depression include: losing interest in daily activities, loss of appetite, difficulty in sleeping or sleeping all the time, loss of interest in sex, withdrawal from social activities and relationships, difficulty in concentrating, and irritablity More severe symptoms include thoughts of death and/or suicide.

In brief: Depression

Clinical depression is different from just feeling sad or blue for a few days.
Symptoms of depression include: losing interest in daily activities, loss of appetite, difficulty in sleeping or sleeping all the time, loss of interest in sex, withdrawal from social activities and relationships, difficulty in concentrating, and irritablity More severe symptoms include thoughts of death and/or suicide.
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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
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In brief: Lack of energy...

The classic symptoms of depression are decreased energy, decreased motivation, decreased interest in pleasurable activities, and decreased self esteem.
Some people eat too much and some people hardly eat at all, because they say food just doesn't taste good anymore. If it lasts for more than 2 weeks or you feel life is not worth living you need therapy, medication, or both.

In brief: Lack of energy...

The classic symptoms of depression are decreased energy, decreased motivation, decreased interest in pleasurable activities, and decreased self esteem.
Some people eat too much and some people hardly eat at all, because they say food just doesn't taste good anymore. If it lasts for more than 2 weeks or you feel life is not worth living you need therapy, medication, or both.
Dr. John Moranville
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Dr. Lakeasha Sullivan
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Many Ways to Tell

Depression can manifest in many ways.
Here are the main symptoms: feeling bad about yourself, losing interest in things that used to bring you joy, fatigue, poor concentration, poor self-esteem, guilt, pessimism about the future, wanting to die or hurt oneself in some way, sleep problems, eating problems. Consult with your primary doctor or call a psychologist when unsure.

In brief: Many Ways to Tell

Depression can manifest in many ways.
Here are the main symptoms: feeling bad about yourself, losing interest in things that used to bring you joy, fatigue, poor concentration, poor self-esteem, guilt, pessimism about the future, wanting to die or hurt oneself in some way, sleep problems, eating problems. Consult with your primary doctor or call a psychologist when unsure.
Dr. Lakeasha Sullivan
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Dr. Abdus Khan
Urgent Care

In brief: Some times you do

most of the times you don't.
It is important to talk to your doctors as sub clinical depression is really common and can be missed by an unsuspecting physician. Please talk to your doctor or pay a visit to a shrink. Wish you good luck.

In brief: Some times you do

most of the times you don't.
It is important to talk to your doctors as sub clinical depression is really common and can be missed by an unsuspecting physician. Please talk to your doctor or pay a visit to a shrink. Wish you good luck.
Dr. Abdus Khan
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