depression

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by the man wth no name, Aug 7, 2008.

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  1. i'm not really sure whether i have "depression" or not? i'm certainly miserable but isn't there a difference between that and depression in the medical sense?
     
  2. dazzle11215

    dazzle11215 Staff Alumni

    hi, and welcome. you might want to check out the articles on psychcentral.com, you can learn alot about depression from that site.
     
  3. Shock

    Shock Well-Known Member

    if you 'google' depression your sure to find some self diagnosis thing on a site some where. they usually run like this:
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    1. Felt sad, down or miserable most of the time? Yes /No
    2. Lost interest or pleasure in most of your usual activities? Yes /No
    If you answered 'YES' to either of these questions, complete the symptom checklist below.

    BEHAVIOURS
    Stopped going out
    Not getting things done at work
    Withdrawn from close family and friends
    Relying on alcohol and sedatives
    Stopped doing things you enjoy
    Unable to concentrate

    THOUGHTS
    "I'm a failure"
    "It's all my fault"
    "Nothing good ever happens to me"
    "I'm worthless"
    "Life is not worth living"

    FEELINGS
    Overwhelmed
    Unhappy, depressed
    Irritable
    Frustrated
    No confidence
    Guilty
    Indecisive
    Disappointed
    Miserable
    Sad

    PHYSICAL
    Tired all the time
    Sick and run down
    Headaches and muscle pains
    Churning gut
    Can't sleep
    Poor appetite/weight loss

    If you answered 'YES' to question 1 and/or 2 and ticked at least three symptoms in the checklist, you probably have a depressive illness.
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    This one is from Beyond Blue which is supposed to be pretty credible. But i still think these are a bit too overzealous with diagnosis, but they still give you a guide.

    http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=1.3&gclid=CPby1K_a_5QCFSUqagodOnP6qg

    hope that helps!
     
  4. pinkpetals33

    pinkpetals33 Well-Known Member

    Blues are normal.

    The medical criteria considers time as a factor---duration and frequency. Does it disrupt more than one part of your life?

    It really is true about that GRAY cloud feeling.....like your stuck under water all everything in the world is muted.

    Care to share with what you are going thru and feeling with us?
     
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