How Do I Know I'm Depressed? Find Out!

Depressed woman

I can tell you that many patients with a diagnosis of depression have expressed feeling comfortable with sadness, as it is more familiar to them.

You may be experiencing what has been shown among people that are diagnosed with clinic if you have a number of the following symptoms. Symptoms of clinical depression include negative changes in a person's outlook on life, including how they view themselves and the world around them. Feelings of poor self-worth, thoughts that life is not worth living, and down or excessively sad mood lasting for longer than two weeks at a time can all be symptoms of depression. Many have decreased interest in spending time with friends or hobbies they once enjoyed. Other symptoms include changes in appetite, sleep, energy, concentration. Some people experience appetite and sleep increase, while others experience a lack of appetite and insomnia. Variations in symptoms could indicate underlying reasons for depression, such as thyroid disease.

It is important that you consult with a trusted and qualified healthcare provider for appropriate diagnosis, as there are several subtypes of depression including depression in the context of Bipolar disorder, depression with psychotic features, and depressive disorders that linger longer than several years.

There are also many treatment options, which address both the neurobiology of what is known about depression as well as the sociological causes of and impact on depression. This is where psychotherapy and counseling can be most helpful. The best response for people who have been able to get back to their normal lives is with a combination approach to treatment.

Again, speak with a trusted healthcare professional about diagnosis and have an open discussion about what you do and do not feel comfortable adding to your individual treatment program.
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