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Symptoms of Depression and Sleep Problems

 

You may be depressed if you have experienced 5 or more of the following symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least 2 weeks. People who are depressed will have at least one of the first two symptoms:

  • Feeling negative, hopeless, or "down in the dumps." Children may seem irritable instead of depressed.
  • Noticeable loss of interest or pleasure in almost all activities
  • Significant weight loss or gain
  • Trouble falling asleep or sleeping too much
  • Feeling restless and unable to sit still
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt
  • Inability to concentrate, remember, or make decisions
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide

Most people experience some form of depression at some point in their lives. Depression can range from a minor problem to a major, life-threatening illness. Depression is almost always treatable. For many people, treatment can mean a whole new life.

If feelings of depression are causing your sleep problems, work with your doctor to develop a plan to decrease your depression and promote sleep.

 

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David Messenger, MD
Last Revised November 27, 2012

Last Revised: November 27, 2012

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