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Symptoms of Depression

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If you experience five or more of these symptoms every day for at least two weeks and they are interfering with routine daily activities such as work, self-care, child care, or your social life, you should seek an evaluation for depression.

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
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  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, or being “slowed down”
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide or suicide attempts
  • Restlessness or irritability

This information is based on materials of the National Mental Health Institute. To read more about the connection between diabetes and depression, visit www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression-and-diabetes/index.shtml.

Originally Published December 27, 2006

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