Are changes in mood a sign of depression?

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Changes in mood or temperament can hint at the presence of major depression. If your spouse used to be calm and positive, but is now anxious about almost everything, there may be a depression-related problem. "He might feel anxiety about money and security. Or he may fear being on his own and feel unable to fend for himself," says Ian Cook, MD, professor of psychiatry and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA. "He may pace, wring his hands, and furrow his brow. To you, he may seem horribly agitated, and yet he will say he doesn't know why, but he's just so worried." Because anxiety and worry can look like nervous energy -- the opposite of listlessness -- you may not immediately link them to depression.

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Depression Symptoms

Depression Symptoms

Depression is more than just a low mood. Symptoms of depression include chronic sad feelings lasting up to two weeks, lack of interest in activities normally enjoyed, sleep disruption, overeating or appetite loss, feelings of guil...

t or worthlessness and a preoccupation with death/suicide. Depression symptoms also differ in men and women; the onset may follow highly stressful events such as physical and emotional trauma. Men tend to be more irritable and act out while women often cry or sleep more.
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