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What are the Major Depressive Disorder Symptoms?

Published on: April 10, 2023

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Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a mood disorder that can cause persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities. The symptoms of MDD can vary from person to person, but there are several common symptoms that are used to diagnose the condition.

The most common symptoms of MDD include:

common symptoms of major depressive disorder
  • Persistent low mood
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

To be diagnosed with MDD, a person must experience at least five symptoms for at least two weeks.

It’s important to note that MDD is a serious condition that requires professional treatment. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of MDD, it’s important to seek help from a healthcare provider.

Which Symptom is Not Associated with Major Depressive Disorder?

While Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is characterized by a range of symptoms, there is one symptom that is not typically associated with this condition: mania. Mania is a symptom of bipolar disorder, a separate mood disorder characterized by both manic and depressive episodes. In contrast, MDD is typically characterized by persistent sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest in activities. Other common symptoms of MDD include changes in appetite or weight, changes in sleep patterns, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, difficulty concentrating, and thoughts of death or suicide. If you are experiencing symptoms of mania or MDD, it’s important to seek help from a healthcare provider.

What are the Signs of Major Depressive Disorder?

Some of the common signs of the major depressive disorder include a persistent sad or empty mood, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fatigue, decreased energy, difficulty concentrating, and sleep disturbances. Individuals with major depressive disorder may also experience a significant change in appetite or weight and physical symptoms such as headaches and stomach problems.

It is important to note that symptoms of major depressive disorder can vary from person to person, and not everyone will experience the same symptoms. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek the help of a mental health professional who can provide an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. With proper care and treatment, individuals with major depressive disorder can manage their symptoms and lead fulfilling lives.

For more information about Mental Health Conditions. Visit our Mental Health Library page. To understand and cope with your Major Depressive Disorder symptoms, get help from our Top 10 Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Therapists who are known for providing the best mental health treatment and psychiatry services. To book an appointment please call us at (800) 457-4573 or submit an appointment request.

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