The symptoms of depression are continuous. An individual who feels down for a couple of days won't meet the diagnostic criteria for depression if the symptoms resolve. If, however, symptoms continue for two weeks or more than that and they represent a significant change from previous functioning, a person may have depression.
Depression isn't a sign of weakness. Anyone can experience depression at any stage of life.
Symptoms of depression include:
Checking for disease and treatment can be managed by a primary care doctor or a mental health doctor.
If another medical condition is observed, your health care provider may begin treatment with medication for depression or may refer you to a psychiatrist or psychologist for evaluation.
The most common treatment for depression includes the combination of antidepressant drugs and psychotherapy (talk therapy). Sometimes a combination of medicines is used to treat depression.