Depression should be diagnosed by a health professional, but there are some symptoms to look for. The list below is provided by the National Institute of Mental Health's Depression Awareness, Recognition and Treatment program and includes symptoms of chronic depression and bi-polar disorder, also known as manic depressive illness.
If you suffer from five or more of the following symptoms of depression or mania for more than two weeks, or if the symptoms are interfering with work or family life, seek a thorough diagnosis. A diagnosis should include a complete physical checkup and a review of your family health history.
If you checked five or more symptoms, and the symptoms persist for more than two weeks, seek a thorough diagnosis. A thorough diagnosis should include a complete physical checkup and a review of your family health history.
The National Institute of Mental Health Depression Education Program has more information on depression.
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