Major Depressive Disorder Symptoms
Here are the symptoms for Major Depressive Disorder:
1. Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, in your opinion or in the opinion of others. In children and adolescents, this can instead be an irritable mood.
2. Significant reduction in interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day, either in your opinion or the opinion of others.
3. Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain, or a decrease in appetite nearly every day. In children, this can be a failure to make expected weight gain.
4. Can't sleep or sleeps too much nearly every day.
5. Observable restlessness or slowing down, as observed by others.
6. Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day.
7. Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt (which may be delusional) nearly every day, but not merely guilt about being sick.
8. Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day, either in your opinion or the opinion of others.
9. Recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), such as "I want to die," recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide.
*Requirement: Symptoms must cause significant distress or impairment in social or work life or other important area of functioning.
*Requirement: The symptoms cannot be attributed to the effects of a substance or another medical condition.
*Note: Responses to a significant loss can mimic a depressive episode. Nonetheless, it is possible to experience a depressive episode in response to a significant loss, in addition to the normal feelings of loss.
**The information provided here was taken from the DSM-5 (Diagnostic Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders).
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