ZocdocAnswersWhat symptoms of depression are most recognized

Question

What symptoms of depression are most recognized

Is it the lack of energy or suicidal thoughts? Do antidepressants works? Trying to figure out if I have it

Answer

If you think that you are depressed than the very most important thing you can do is go to see your primary care doctor. They will take an inventory of your symptoms and will help you determine whether you are depressed and whether you need to begin treatment. There are many symptoms associated with depression and each person is different from the next. However, some of the most common symptoms include sadness, mood swings, fits of crying, trouble sleeping, changes in eating habits, and loss of interest in work, hobbies, or sex. If you have these symptoms, it increases the probability that you have depression. There are excellent medications available for treating depression, although they are only available by prescription. Therefore you should see your doctor, who will help you decide if a medication for depression is the right choice for you. In the meantime, if you experience any thoughts of harming yourself or if you have a desire to want to harm yourself, then this is a medical emergency and you should not wait to see your doctor; rather you should immediately go to an emergency room for quick medical and psychiatric evaluation and treatment as dictated by your symptoms.

This answer is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or (in the United States) 911 immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment. Medical professionals who provide responses to health-related questions are intended third party beneficiaries with certain rights under Zocdoc’s Terms of Service.