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Clinical Depression Symptoms Checklist

Look for Signs of Major Depression

Major depression is also known as clinical depression, unipolar depression, and major depressive disorder. Of course, clinical depression symptoms are the same as for major depression; a name change makes no difference. Essentially people who experience major depression feel persistently sad.

They often welcome sleep and experience their waking life as a living nightmare. No matter how hard they try to snap out of it, they feel as though they are falling into an abyss with nothing to hold on to.

There's a range of depressive orders. Meaning there are degrees of depression. Depressive disorders range in seriousness from mild, temporary episodes of sadness to severe, persistent depression. Doctors use the term "clinical depression" to describe the more severe, persistent form of depression most commonly referred to as "major depression."

The list below includes clinical depression symptoms. But only your doctor can determine whether you have depression and to what degree you have it.

Read the following lists. Put a check mark by each sign that sounds like you now or in the past:

I'm really sad most of the time.

I don't enjoy doing the things I've always enjoyed doing.

I don't sleep well at night and am very restless.

I'm always tired. I find it hard to get out of bed.

I don't feel like eating much.

I feel like eating all the time.

I have lots of aches and pains that don't go away.

I have little to no sexual energy.

I find it hard to focus and am very forgetful.

It's hard for me to concentrate and to make decisions.

I am mad at everybody and everything.

I feel upset and fearful, but can't figure out why.

I don't feel like talking to people.

I feel like there isn't much point to living, nothing good is going to happen to me.

I don't like myself very much. I feel bad most of the time. I feel guilty, worthless, and helpless.

I think about death a lot. I even think about how I might kill myself.

If you checked several boxes, call your doctor. Take the list to show your doctor. You may need to get a checkup and find out if you have depression and how severe it is. This checklist is NOT a diagnosis - only your doctor can diagnose these conditions!

Major depression can affect people at any age although it usually strikes those between the ages of 25 and 44. In most cases episodes of major depression last from six to nine months. And sometimes even if it goes untreated it will run its course and leave by itself. Exactly why or how this happens is uncertain. Doctors often attribute this to the body's natural tendency to correct abnormal situations. Find more about treatment options to relieve clinical depression symptoms on other pages of this website.

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