Depression Diagnosis

Updated 8 August 2022

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A diagnosis can guide you to the right treatment. You can make an informed choice of treatment based on its advantages and disadvantages, its availability, your preferences, and if the depression is mild, moderate or severe. In treatment, you can review progress and decide to increase, reduce, change or stop sessions.

Diagnosis

Adults

For 2 (or more) weeks, most days:

Depression
emptiness, hopelessness, sadness
orDisinterestin activities
3 (or more) of:Agitation
Distraction
or indecisiveness
Distress
significant
orImpairmentsignificant
Guilt
or worthlessness
Insomnia
or hypersomnia
Suicidality
recurrent attempts or thoughts
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Tiredness
Weight
gain or loss, or appetite increase or decrease
Mild
few symptoms, mild impairment
Moderate
more symptoms, moderate impairment
Severe
many symptoms, severe impairment
Other
Symptoms are not due
to another condition or
a substance