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As defined by APA, Depression can be defined as a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.

Some major categories of depression can be Postpartum Depression, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Psychotic Depression, Seasonal Affective Depression.

Take this assessment to check whether you incline towards meeting the criteria of depression.

1.Have you observed any constant changes in your mood?
2.Has there been a change in your interest in certain activities that earlier seemed pleasurable?
3.Do you often feel guilty?
4.Have there been any changes in your eating / sleep patterns in the past 3 months?
5.Do you feel stuck in certain situations with no way to get out?
6.Do you feel exhausted by the day ends?
7.Do you have suicidal thoughts?
8.Do your mood fluctuations have an affect on your social/family or professional life?
9.Do you usually feel pessimistic about life?
10.Do you prefer being alone and not interacting socially?

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