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What Are the Most Frequent Symptoms of Depression?

Depression is a mental health issue that affects millions of people. Depression is often difficult to manage without the assistance of a mental health professional. Though the signs of depression can vary by individual, here are some of the most frequently presented symptoms of depression:

1. Difficulty concentrating

2. Difficultly remembering details

3. Difficulty making decisions

4. Fatigue and decreased energy

5. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness

6. Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism

7. Insomnia or, conversely, excessive sleeping

8. Early morning wakefulness (between the hours of 2 a.m. - 4:30 a.m.)

9. Irritability and restlessness

10. Loss of interest in pleasurable pursuits (hobbies, activities, sex)

11. Overeating or, conversely, loss of appetite

12. General malaise, persistent aches, pains, headaches, and gastrointestinal problems

13. Persistent sadness, anxiety, or emptiness

14. Dramatic moodswings

15. Suicidal thoughts or attempts

If you experience any of these symptoms for more than three months or have contemplated suicide, seek help immediately.

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