According to industry-standard guidelines, one must present at least five of the following symptoms to be diagnosed clinically depressed:
- Pleasure — No longer finding pleasure in normally pleasurable activities
- Mood — Feeling down or “blue” most of the time, every day
- Weight — Unexplained weight gain or loss (without dieting)
- Diet — Major unexplained changes in appetite or diet
- Sleep — Experiencing insomnia or chronic drowsiness (hypersomnia)
- Energy — Fatigue or loss of energy
- Emotions — Constantly feeling worthless, desperate, or guilty
- Attention Deficit — Inability to think or concentrate one’s attention
- Suicidal — Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
Happily, treatments used for depression, such as antidepressants, are usually effective at treating a compulsive finger picking habit.
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