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January 21, 2004

Depression & Mania 

Symptoms of Depression

Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells

Significant changes in appetite and sleep patterns

Irritability, anger, worry, agitation, anxiety

Pessimism, indifference

Loss of energy, persistent lethargy

Feelings of guilt, worthlessness

Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness

Inability to take pleasure in former interests, social withdrawal

Unexplained aches and pains

Recurring thoughts of death or suicide*

Symptoms of Mania

Heightened mood, exaggerated optimism and self confidence

Decreased need for sleep without experiencing fatigue

Grandiose delusions, inflated sense of self-importance

Excessive irritability, aggressive behavior

Increased physical and mental activity

Racing speech, flight of ideas, impulsiveness

Poor judgment, easily distracted

Reckless behavior such as spending sprees, rash business decisions, erratic driving, sexual indiscretions*

In the most severe cases, hallucinations*

Anyone experiencing four or more of the above symptoms of either or both depression or mania should seek help if symptoms persist for longer than two weeks. *Seek Help Now

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