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How is clinical depression diagnosed?

The diagnosis of clinical depression includes five or more of the following criteria, which must be present for two or more weeks in a row:
  • Depressed mood or lack of interest or pleasure in most activities (one of which must be present for the diagnosis)
  • Sleep problems (too much sleep or being unable to sleep)
  • Change in appetite or weight
  • Physical agitation or slowing of movements
  • Low energy
  • Poor concentration
  • Excessive thoughts of worthlessness or guilt
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

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