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Recognise Major Depression - Source Help

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 Recognise Major Depression - Source Help

Persistent sad, anxious or empty feelings. Feeling constantly pessimistic and guilt ridden, worthlessness, helplessness. Loss of interest in hobbies or activities. Tiredness and loss of energy. Restlessness and irritability. Changes in sleep patterns.

Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions. Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping. Change in appetite and/or weight loss or weight gain. Thoughts of death or suicide, persistent physical symptoms, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain.

Major depression is the most serious case of depression This is the most serious case of depression as more of the symptoms are present than in any other types; major depression can be just one episode in a person’s life that is traumatic or can be a build up of smaller events, such as upsets and disappointments.

Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression as men, although men are far more likely to commit suicide. This may be because men are more reluctant to seek help for depression.

If you have five symptoms or more you are likely to be suffering severe depression and need professional advice immediately.

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