Depression For Dummies
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People experience depression in different ways. This symptom checklist can provide you with a rough idea as to whether you are experiencing depression. Note any and all that apply to you.
  • Feeling worthless

  • Change in appetite

  • Avoiding contact with other people

  • Less energy than usual

  • Not looking forward to anything

  • More aches and pains than usual

  • Unable to concentrate like usual

  • Feelings of guilt

  • Loss of interest in hobbies and things

  • Feeling hopeless

  • Feeling sad and empty

  • Sleeping less

  • Dwelling on thoughts of death

  • Unable to make decisions

Any of these symptoms can indicate that you're not feeling up to par. Merely checking one or two doesn't necessarily mean you're depressed, but the more items you check, the greater the concern of possible depression.

Anyone can have these feelings for a little while. You should only be concerned if these symptoms last for more than a week or two. However, if you're having thoughts of suicide or death, get help, now.

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Laura L. Smith, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and former President of the New Mexico Psychological Association. She presents workshops and classes on cognitive therapy and mental health issues for national and international audiences.

Charles H. Elliott, Ph.D.  (Corrales, New Mexico) is a clinical psychologist and a Founding Fellow in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is also a member of the faculty at Fielding Graduate University. He specializes in the treatment of adolescents and adults with obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, anger, depression, and personality disorders. He presents nationally and internationally on new developments in the assessment and therapy of emotional disorders.

Laura L. Smith, Ph.D. (Corrales, New Mexico) is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of adults and children with obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as personality disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and learning disorders. She is often asked to provide consultations to attorneys, school districts, and governmental agencies. She presents workshops on cognitive therapy and mental health issues to national and international audiences.

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