What is depression?

Depression, also known as major depressive disorder, is a common but serious condition that negatively how you feel, think, and how you behave. Fortunately, depression is a treatable disorder.

How can I tell if I’m depressed?

While the signs and symptoms of depression can vary for each individual, there are specific criteria that may indicate you are depressed, including experiencing at least five of the symptoms listed below for at least two consecutive weeks

At a minimum, one of your symptoms must include one of the following:
(1) Feeling depressed or sad
(2) Noticeably reduced interest or pleasure in activities you usually enjoy

Other symptoms
You experience changes in your appetite that leads to weight gain or loss
Your regular sleep pattern changes (you may have trouble sleeping, or you find yourself sleeping most of the time)
You feel extremely tired or lack energy
You are restless or irritable
You feel anxious, helpless, worthless, or hopeless
You have unfounded guilt
You have problems thinking, concentrating, or making decisions
You may have thoughts of death or suicide.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts call dial 911, the Georgia Crisis, and Access Line (1-800-715-4225), the Crisis Text Line (Text ‘GA’ to 741-741, or the Suicide Prevent Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE). For a comprehensive listing of crisis resources, click here.

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