|| Are You Depressed?
Review the symptom checklist below. If you experience FIVE or more of these
symptoms for longer than two weeks, or if the symptoms are severe enough to
interfere with your daily routine, you may be suffering from depression and
should seek professional help.
Symptoms of Depression
- A persistent sad, anxious or "empty" mood
- Sleeping too little or sleeping too much
- Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
- Restlessness or irritability
- Persistent physical symptoms that donít respond to treatment (such as
headaches, chronic pain, or constipation and other digestive disorders)
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless
- Excessive crying
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Note: Professional help should
definitely be sought if a person is
experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Self Test #2: Are You Suffering From
Manic depression (also known as bi-polar disorder) is another type of major
depressive illness. In addition to periods of depression, it involves periods of
elation, irrationality and craziness as well.
Symptoms of Manic Depression
- Heightened mood, exaggerated optimism and self-confidence
- Decreased need for sleep without experiencing fatigue
- Grandiose delusions, inflated sense of self-importance
- Excessive irritability, aggressive behavior
- Increased physical and mental activity
- Racing speech, flight of ideas, impulsiveness
- Poor judgement, easily distracted
- Reckless behavior such as spending sprees, rash business decisions, erratic
driving, sexual indiscretions
If you or someone you know suffers from some of these symptoms for more than
two weeks, you should seek a professional evaluation from your physician or a
mental health specialist.
2003 Office of Employee Assistance/Florida International University.