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    Hello,
    I have been feeling down and low and feel like I am worth nothing. I would like to know how you would identify depression and if I am suffering from depression and not stress.

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    Hello maria111,
    I am very sorry to hear what you are going through. Depression is a dangerous thing that people experience. Do not downplay the symptoms. Below I have listed the signs and symptoms that you should look for when considering depression:

    – Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness
    -Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
    -Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports
    -Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
    -Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort
    -Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain
    -Anxiety, agitation or restlessness
    -Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
    -Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame
    -Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
    -Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
    -Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

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