Here is a small list of signs or symptoms that are present every day for at least 2 weeks:
Fatigue or loss of energy almost every day
Feelings of worthlessness or guilt almost every day
Impaired concentration, indecisiveness
Insomnia or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping) almost every day
Restlessness or feeling slowed down
Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in almost all activities nearly everyday
Significant weight loss or gain of 5% of body weight in a month
If you experience these or other signs seek help from a doctor.
A few types of depression are:
Major depression has severe symptoms that interfere with your ability to work, sleep, study, or enjoy life, can occur once in a
lifetime, but more often has several episodes.
Peristent depressive disorder has moods that lasts for at least 2 years.
Postpartum depression is more serious than the "baby blues" women experience after giving birth.
Seasonal affective disorder is caused by the onset of depression during the winter months when there is less
natural sunlight and usually lifts during spring or summer.