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Signs of Clinical Depression

  • Concentration is often impaired
  • Inability to experience pleasure
  • Increase in self-critical thoughts with a voice in the back of one's mind providing a constant barrage of harsh, negative statements
  • Sleep disturbance or unable to fall back to sleep
  • Feeling fatigued after 12 hours of sleep
  • Decrease in appetite or food loses its taste
  • Feelings of guilt, helplessness and/or hopelessness
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Increased isolation
  • Missing deadlines or a drop in standards
  • Change in personality
  • Increased sexual promiscuity
  • Increased alcohol/drug use

If someone experiences most of the above symptoms for more than two weeks, there is a good chance they are suffering from a clinical depression.

Last Updated: 10/2/08