Dr. Walter Griffith Explains Depression Symptoms

Depressive Symptoms

Depression is a dark picture to paint.  According to the standard diagnosis guide (DSM-V) published by the American Psychiatric Association, depression is diagnosed when at least five of the following symptoms are present for at least two weeks:
  • Pervasive Sadness
  • Loss of Joy
  • Low Energy
  • Poor Concentration
  • Low Motivation
  • Sleep & Appetite Disruption
  • Isolation
  • Hopelessness
  • Negativity
  • Suicidal Thoughts

Depressive Symptoms…

greatly impair functional areas of your life at home, at work, and in social activities. For example:
  • 1

    At Home

    You may stop cleaning and picking up. You may stop showering and maintaining personal hygiene.

  • 2

    At Work

    You may be taking more sick days and staying in bed. OR when you go to work, you make more mistakes and get less done.

  • 3


    You may stop going out, act more irritable toward others, and isolate at home.

  • 4


    You may lose all desire to do hobbies and fun things.  Depression can take over and ruin your life.

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3 Minute Depression Test

Instructions: Click the button below. There is a list of questions that relate to life experiences common among people who have been diagnosed with depression. Please read each question carefully, and indicate how often you have experienced the same or similar challenges in the past few months.