Here is the DSM criteria for depression in adults. It might be a good idea to print it out, check off your symptoms, and talk to your doctor about them.
Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5)
The Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5) divides depression into:
- Major depression
- Subthreshold depressive disorder
- Persistent depressive disorder (formerly dysthymia).
Five or more of the following symptoms have been present during the same 2-week period and represent a change from previous functioning. At least one of the symptoms is either depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure:
-Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, as self-reported or observed by others
-Diminished interest or pleasure in all or almost all activities most of the day, nearly every day
-Significant weight loss when not dieting, weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day
-Insomnia or hypersomnia nearly every day
-Psychomotor agitation or retardation nearly every day
-Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day
-Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt nearly every day
-Diminished ability to think or concentrate nearly every day
-Recurrent thoughts of death, recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan.
In addition, these symptoms:
-Cause functional impairment (e.g., social, occupational)
-Are not related to substance abuse.
There are 3 degrees of severity of major depression defined in the DSM-5:
- Mild: few if any symptoms more than number required for diagnosis of major depression with minor functional impairment
- Moderate: more than required number of symptoms for diagnosis of depression with greater intensity and moderate impairment in functioning
- Severe: many more symptoms than required for diagnosis of depression with intense functional impairment; psychotic features such as hallucinations or paranoia may be present.
Depressive disorder (subthreshold or minor depression):
The patient has from 2 to 4 depressive symptoms, including either sad mood or anhedonia for at least 2 weeks.
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia):
The patient has 3 or 4 dysthymic symptoms, including depressed mood, for ≥2 years. Impairment compared with major depressive disorder is less severe. Dysthymic symptoms are as follows:
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Source: Epocrates Online, 2014