Signs and symptoms of depression:
- Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells
- Significant changes in appetite and sleep patterns
- Irritability, anger, worry, agitation, anxiety
- Pessimism, indifference
- Loss of energy, persistent lethargy
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness
- Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness
- Inability to take pleasure in former interests, social withdrawal
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
If you experience five or more of these symptoms for more than two weeks or if any of these symptoms interfere with work or family activities, consult with your doctor for a thorough evaluation. This should include a complete physical exam (some other illnesses can cause these symptoms), being open and honest about how you are feeling and a review of your family’s history.
Mayo Clinic Depression Self-Assessment
Various topics that include definitions, risk factors, self-assessment, caregiver depression.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance | 800-826-3632
The nation’s largest patient-directed, illness-specific organization.
Depression is Real
A campaign of seven mental health organizations.
National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression | 516-829-0091
NARSAD is devoted exclusively to supporting scientific research on brain and behavior disorders; founded by NAMI, MHA, the former NDMDA.
Help for Depression Provides a comprehensive explanation of the various approaches and treatments for depression as a critical starting point for individuals and/or their loved ones.