Recognizing Depression

We all might feel sad at times, but there’s a difference between feeling down and being depressed. Here’s how to recognize depression.

Depression, also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a mood disorder that affects how you feel, think and handle daily life. Symptoms include:

  • Persistent sadness, anxiety or empty feelings
  • Consistent hopelessness and pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of interest in hobbies/activities
  • Difficulty concentrating or sleeping

Those experiencing depression may have some or all of these symptoms. What points to depression over a bad day is the frequency. If you’re experiencing these symptoms most of the day almost every day for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression.
The good news? Depression is treatable with psychotherapy and medication. Reach out to your doctor to find out what treatment is right for you. If you’re struggling and need help now, call SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit

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