Excerpt from the book “Need to Know: Teenage Suicide” by Clair Wallerstein

To be diagnosed with depression, a person will have at least five of the following symptoms for at least two weeks, on top of feeling continuously low:

  • inability to sleep or sleeping too much
  • appetite change, weight loss or gain
  • mental and physical slowness
  • inability to concentrate or make decisions
  • loss of energy
  • feeling worthless or guilty
  • frequent thoughts of death or suicide