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At some point in their life, everyone is bound to feel a little down in the dumps. Pressures of school, work, family and everyday life can take their toll on even the most optimistic of us.
But how do you know when simply feeling a little down has turned into something more serious? When should you be concerned, and when should you seek treatment?
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ont., says depression is diagnosed by a combination of factors, including:
- A sad, despairing mood that: is present most days and lasts most of the day, lasts for more than two weeks and impairs one's performance at work, at school or in social relationships.
CAMH also lists the following symptoms of depression:
- changes in appetite and weight