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Sadness, moodiness, a loss of interest in things that used to be enjoyed - these are symptoms that many people feel from time to time. It can be a normal reaction related to loss or the challenges of life. But when these feelings last, and they keep you from fully living your life, it may be more than just a low mood; it may be clinical depression. 

If you have been showing at least five of the following symptoms throughout the day for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression:

  • Feelings of sadness, emptiness, hopelessness (in children this may be seen as irritability)

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities, hobbies, or entertainment previously enjoyed

  • Change in appetite and/or weight (in children - failure to make expected gains in weight)

  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping.

  • Moving or talking more slowly

  • Restlessness or difficulty staying still

  • Tiredness or lack of energy

  • Feelings of worthlessness

  • Excessive or inappropriate feelings of guilt

  • Difficulty focusing, remembering details, and making decisions

  • Thoughts of death or suicide (not just a fear of death)

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