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One of the most significant signs of depression is lack of motivation.
The habitually depressed person has a significant decrease in interest or pleasure in most activities that they either perceive themselves, or that others perceive.
Their mood, of course is low or depressed, and there may be a notable increase or decrease in their appetite (with a corresponding weight loss or gain or around 5%).
habits also change, either sleeping too much or too little.
No matter if they sleep a great deal, a depressed person will have less energy and feel fatigued or tired nearly every day,
The depressed person has trouble thinking or concentrating, and/or may become very indecisive.
Their observable (to others) level of activity (psychomotor activity) is either speeded up or slowed down on a regular (nearly daily) basis.
The depressed person may feel inappropriately (without cause) guilty, or feel worthless or have low self-esteem. These feelings can be exaggerated to the point in which they may be even delusional.
Depressed people have repeated thoughts about death or dying (not fear of death), or may be thinking about suicide, may have made a plan, or may even have attempted it sometime.
It these symptoms are not caused by bereavement, a medical condition, the use of prescription or other drugs, and if they cause important stress
levels that impair their work, personal, school, or social functions, then they have depression that should be treated either with psychotherapy (talk therapy) or medication, or a combination of the two.
The first, best approach is removing stressors or learning to cope with them.
I have given you a thorough overview of the diagnostic criteria for depression, and I believe that you are very likely to fulfill these criteria.
I urge you to see a therapist who you can talk to before you let a doctor put you on antidepressants which often cause more harm than good,
If I can be of further assistance, please let me know and I shall be happy to serve you.
Elliott, MAE, LPCC, NCC, CCMHC