According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 7% of adults in the United States will experience the major depressive disorder in any given year.
How do you know if what you are experiencing is passing sadness or clinical depression?
The following symptoms can serve as a guide. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V), you should seek help if these symptoms have been present for a period of two weeks or longer.
Feelings of frustration, sadness, and regret are fairly common. They contribute to the kaleidoscope of human emotions. However, unrelenting hopelessness, the absence of incentive to move forward, and the inability to see anything beyond the pain are hallmark signs of depression.
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