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Depression Checklist

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of depression in yourself is the first step to getting help.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom. Some people experience a few symptoms, some many. Severity of symptoms varies with individuals and also varies over time.

Here are symptoms of depression.
Before you visit your doctor, check off the symptoms below that you have had in the past 2 weeks. Print this page and circle the symptoms that bother you the most. Bring this with you to your doctor visit and use it as a way to discuss your concerns.

Make sure you print this information as it will not be stored when you log off.

    • Agitation

    • Nervousness

    • Trouble concentrating

    • Insomnia/trouble sleeping

    • Decrease in sex drive

    • Trouble making decisions

    • Sad, depressed, down in the dumps

    • Lack of or loss of interest in things

    • Helpless feelings

    • Fatigue—lack of energy

    • Weakness

    • Increase or decrease in appetite

    • Increase or decrease in weight

    • Frequent crying or weeping

    • Frequent thoughts of death or suicide

    • Worthless feelings

    • Excessive feelings of guilt

    • Hopeless feelings

    • Feeling life is not worth living

    • Trouble sleeping/sleeping too much

    • Frequent negative thinking

    • Memory problems

If you have at least 5 of these symptoms and they last for at least 14 days and interfere with your daily life, then you are likely to be diagnosed with unipolar major depression (or major depressive disorder). If you do not have 5 of these symptoms but you have enough symptoms to interfere with your daily life, then see your doctor anyway. You may have a different form of depression or you may have an undiagnosed medical condition causing these symptoms.

According to the NIH, not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom. Some people experience a few symptoms, some many. Severity of symptoms varies with individuals and also varies over time.










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