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  • Having prolonged depressed mood
  • Feeling anxious, worried, and having intrusive, upsetting thoughts
  • Becoming emotional or upset for no particular reason
  • Don’t want to see people or don’t feel comfortable to be left alone; see social activities as something unmanageable.
  • Seeing oneself as a burden to others
  • Seeing no future, loss of hope
  • Feeling of having no confidence
  • Feeling that life is unfair
  • Feeling that life is “passing you by”
  • Feeling worthless; All you’ve ever done is making mistakes and that’s all that you ever will do.
  • Feeling life isn’t worth living.
  • Feeling shortness of temper, or irritability
  • Having difficulties in making decisions
  • Doing less of what you used to enjoy
  • Feeling as if even the smallest tasks are sometimes unattainable
  • Spending a lot of time thinking about what is wrong about yourself; may also feel guilty when being criticized by others
  • Having thoughts of death or becoming suicidal
Physical conditions
  • Having difficulties in concentrating during the day
  • Suffering from sudden increase or decrease of appetite
  • Suddenly increasing or decreasing in body weight
  • Having disrupted sleep, sometimes with nightmares; Persisting insomnia or feel sleepy all the time
  • Getting up earlier than usual in the mornings or having difficulty getting back to sleep; being exhausted on wakings
  • Always feeling tired
  • Suffering from aches and pains which appear to have no physical cause

If the above-mentioned symptoms have persisted for more than two weeks, and that they are remarkably affecting performance at school or work and interpersonal relationships, don’t hesitate! Make a call to counselling hotlines, or seek advice from your physician immediately! You may also schedule an appointment with a school counsellor, educational/clinical psychologist, or psychiatrist to discuss your problems.

References: American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders – Text revision (4th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.