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How do you know if you have depression?

Posted Jan 31 2012 12:00am
Do you know the difference between depression and just feeling sad? For the longest time, I didn't.

As a teenager I felt as though something was wrong with me, but I didn't ever think it was depression. I knew I was extraordinarily unhappy. I knew I didn't want to be alive. I knew life held no meaning. But I didn't know it was an illness. I thought it was just part of being a teenager, or just part of being uniquely me.

I wasn't diagnosed until I tried to commit suicide. It was almost too late

If you're feeling unusually sad for an unusually long period of time, check it out. See your doctor and talk about it. I don't anyone else to get to the point I did without knowing what is wrong.

The National Institute of Mental Health has an excellent list of the signs and symptoms of depression and point out that people with depression do not all experience the same symptoms. The severity, frequency and duration of the symptoms vary depending on the individual and the particular illness. Please see their full list of signs and symptoms here .

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