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Are you actually depressed or just stressed?

October 3, 2016

 

"This job is so depressing" when in reality you mean "I am so stressed from this job. or I get bored easily"  We see a lot patients that seem to have a loose understanding of what depression means so they assume it depression. This means we see a lot patients that struggle with Attention Deficit Disorder, stress and anxiety that initially come in to the clinic thinking they have depression. To have a better understanding if you are facing depression is, here are some signs that the National Institute of Mental Health outlines as the criteria of signs and symptoms.

If you have been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood

  • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism

  • Irritability

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities

  • Decreased energy or fatigue

  • Moving or talking more slowly

  • Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions

  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping

  • Appetite and/or weight changes

  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts

  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment.

Not every sign or symptoms will be experiences by a person suffering from depression. However, this does form a baseline of some the symptoms. These symptoms are very much treatable. Some forms of supplementary treatment includes running outside at least 30 minutes per day or have an active social life. We would advise you to seek professional help in prevention of worsening symptoms of depression. 

 

In the upcoming posts, we will share information to identify stress and anxiety. Some of information will also include some tips to help you reduce you day to day stress and more focused on the inner self.

 

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