You may be depressed if you have experienced 5 or more of the
following symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least 2 weeks.
People who are depressed will have at least one of the first two
Feeling negative, hopeless, or "down in the
dumps." Children may seem irritable instead of
Noticeable loss of interest or pleasure in almost all
Significant weight loss or gain
falling asleep or sleeping too much
Feeling restless and unable to
Feeling tired all the time
worthlessness or inappropriate guilt
Inability to concentrate,
remember, or make decisions
Recurring thoughts of death or
Most people experience some form of depression at some point in their
lives. Depression can range from a minor problem to a major, life-threatening
illness. Depression is almost always treatable. For many people, treatment can
mean a whole new life.
If feelings of depression are causing your sleep problems, work with
your doctor to develop a plan to decrease your depression and
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.