What are the symptoms of depression for a veteran?

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The most common symptoms of depression, in veterans as well as the general public, are feelings of sadness or hopelessness, and loss of pleasure or interest in most daily activities, experienced every day for at least two weeks straight. Momentary feeling of this kind are normal; depression is when you feel like this all the time. Other symptoms can include weight loss or gain, lack of sleep or wanting to sleep all the time, restlessness or lethargy, and difficulty in focusing and remembering. Depression is an emotional and chemical imbalance in the brain, prompting behavior that is out of the ordinary for you and that others close to you can notice. In clinical depression, these symptoms can last for weeks, months, or even years, unless you receive treatment.

Depression can prevent you from functioning properly in your daily activities. You may feel isolated and uninterested in being with other people, or even have unrealistic fears that you are worthless and no one likes you or cares for you. In the worst cases, thoughts of death or suicide may keep coming up. Clinical depression rarely goes away on its own; treatment is strongly recommended.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call 911 the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) to get help right away.

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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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