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How do you know if you have depression?

I feel like I'm in a hole. and I just feel down a lot. I've tried to move forward and get better..but I think I'm just getting used to it. I feel like everyone is just better than me..I feel worthless. How do you know if you have depression?

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no energy, no motivation, not wanting to get out of the house (or bed)...don't let it go untreated...if u can't afford to go to the doctor, go to your local mental health center...they charge on sliding scale basis. don't wait! start living!

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I would have answered this question, but you've pretty much covered all the options nice answer :)
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a shrink can tell you but from what it sounds like you have low self esteem and need something to keep you going. so i think you have depression. just means you feel depressed
hobbies can help along with friends and people who care
why do you feel worthless?

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I moved to a different state (ive lived here for one year now) from an overseas country. It's been hard. I don't have close friends here. And I just feel worthless..and ignored all the time. It's effected my mood..the way I view myself. I just feel so unhappy. This feeling haunts me.
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i know its hard but meet some new people
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Thoughts of suicide, one not beins their normal pre-depression self, loss of appetite, change in behavior, no motivation to do anything, one prefers isolation (this only happens sometimes), mood swings, hate a lot of things.

Source: gone over this several times in school.

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As catmann stated go to a psychiatric doctor not a regular physician. I have had depression, anxiety, moderate bi-polar and panic attacks for over 23 years. Apparently service related, but DO NOT wait to seek help. It not only affects you but family as well so please seek help and never ever think you are a lesser person for doing such. Best wishes

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If you are depressed.

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I have no idea how you can tell if someone has depression but I feel exactly the same way you do a lot of the time... It's a tough thing to get over I know. Keep strong though things tend to work out for the better in the end. Sorry I know im no help good luck though. I hope you feel better

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Here are the 9 main symptoms listed on this website: http://chealth.canoe.ca/channel_section_details.asp?text_id=1090&channel_id=11&relation_id=53294

But I can tell you that with my diagnosed depression, my biggest issues are most likely "lack of motivation" and "lack of pleasure in things I use to enjoy". Energy has been a big struggle for me, but has gotten better. I feel trapped. It's hard to move on. I watch everyone move on with their life while feeling as if I'm standing still. I sometimes feel as if I never fit in and often feel like a failure.

Keep in mind that it may be different for everyone. Mine is non-severe. Plus, there are different forms of Depression too.

I do wish you luck. But don't diagnose yourself. It sounds like you have a big chance of having it and should seek help before things get worse. If you're use to feeling bad, it's hard to get back up on your feet again. I know it's not easy, I get there so often that it's not even funny. I'm just hoping you'll try your best.

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