Causes and Common Symptoms
Depression is an enduring mood disorder characterized by long periods of dysphoric mood. It tends to run in families, and is also seen as a result of organic brain syndrome or secondary to chronic substance misuse.
Symptoms of Clinical Depression (Major Depression, Mild to Severe) may include some or all of the following:
- Persistent sad, or empty mood
- Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness (pessimism)
- Irritability, especially in men
- Feelings of guilt and/or worthlessness
- Anhedonia – Loss of interest or pleasure in activities
- Decreased energy or fatigue
- Psychomotor slowing
- Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping and/or “early morning awakening” syndrome
- Weight changes due to appetite (increased or decreased)
- Thoughts of death, suicide or possible attempts
- Pain, headaches, or cramps with no other known physical cause
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