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Signs & Symptoms

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Is depression more than simply feeling sad all the time?

Depression is a broad mix of symptoms that affect different people in different ways.1 Symptoms can vary in type, duration, number and severity, so one person’s experience of depression can be very different to another’s and may change over time.2 The symptoms of depression can be split into three main categories; examples are included below but this does not represent a list of all the symptoms that have been associated with depression.

Symptoms of depression can be:2–5

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References
  1. NICE clinical guideline 90. Depression in adults. October 2009.

  2. American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fifth Edition (DSM-5). 2013.

  3. Patient.co.uk. Depression. Available at: www.patient.co.uk/health/depression-leaflet. Accessed June 2017.

  4. https://save.org/about-suicide/mental-illness-and-suicide/depression/ Accessed June 2017.

  5. NHS choices. Clinical depression – Symptoms. Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Depression/Pages/Symptoms.aspx. Accessed June 2017.

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