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Diagnostic features of depression

Core features

Pervasive low mood

Loss of interest and enjoyment (anhedonia)

Reduced energy (anergia), diminished activity

Other features

Poor concentration and attention

Poor self-esteem and self-confidence

Ideas of guilt and unworthiness

Bleak, pessimistic views of the future

Ideas or acts of self-harm or suicide

Disturbed sleep

Diminished appetite.

For diagnosis of a depressive episode, at least two core features plus three others must be present for a minimum of two weeks

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