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I am concerned about a friend who I suspect may be suffering from depression. Can you tell me the symptoms of depression?
Symptoms of major depression include:
• No interest in things you used to enjoy
• Depressed mood
• Feeling slowed down or feeling restless
• Feeling worthless or guilty
• Appetite disturbance
• Thoughts about suicide
• Concentration impairment
• Sleep disturbance
Someone with major depression has at least five of these symptoms lasting for two weeks or longer. More than 80% of depressed patients will respond to at least one of several available antidepressant medications. Counseling with a mental health therapist can add to the effectiveness of drugs. Treatment needs to continue four to twelve months after full recover is achieved.