The features of depression include:
-Feeling miserable. This misery is present for much of the day but may vary in its intensity. The misery lasts for weeks.
-Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities.
-Slowed or inefficient thinking with poor concentration, leading to difficulties sorting out problems or making plans or decisions.
-Recurring unpleasant thoughts, particularly about being guilty, being a bad and unworthy person,
-Thoughts that you would be better off dead or of harming yourself in some way.
-Loss of appetite with excessive loss of weight.
-Loss of interest in sex.
-Loss of energy, even when not physically active.
-Loss of sleep despite feeling exhausted. Sleep is typically restless and unsatisfying with early morning wakening (one to two hours earlier than usual). Some people, however, may actually sleep a lot more than usual.
-Slowed activity and speech.
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