If you have experienced four or more of the following symptoms nearly every day for more than two weeks, you may be suffering from the psychological disorder known as depression:

Depressive symptoms are more common in older people than among younger individuals. The earlier a depressed person receives help, the sooner the symptoms will be alleviated and the quicker the recovery. If you or someone you care for is dealing with depression, consult with a doctor. With counseling, medication and home treatment, most episodes of depression can be overcome.