What are the symptoms of depression?

According to the DMS5 criteria (5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), depression is defined as a state of sadness or apathy (loss of desire and/or motivation).
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Symptoms of depression

There are also more complex symptoms of depression, such as a lack of empathy, i.e. difficulty in recognising the emotions and feelings of others. These disorders are particularly responsible for the difficulty in adapting socially, which leads to withdrawal, amplifying the primary symptoms.

One or other of these persistent symptoms is associated with 4 of the 7 following disorders:

  • Appetite problems
  • sleep disorders
  • Difficulty adapting to new or unusual situations
  • Hyperactivity or motor slowing
  • Severe fatigue
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • suicidal thoughts