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Recognizing the Signs of Depression

When It's More than Just The Blues


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  • interesting article
  • I've suffered from Depression off and on my whole life. Even in childhood. For the past 20 years, Depression has kept me a prisoner in my own home. Depression is not just feeling down or Blue. It can control your life.
  • I've done dbt and ecs in the past and today started cbt. There are parts I've taken with me and have been using for almost 10 years but unfortunately we do forget the key is to practice. Exercise is a great help too!
  • Depression explained for the layman. Thanks for sharing!
  • CAT07030
    This is a nice general overview. There are a number of inaccuracies here, and unfortunately the article neglects to touch on Postpartum Depression, but for a general overview it's nicely done and will hopefully help someone who needs it.

    I have dealt with depression for years. I wasn't diagnosed until 2012 when I went for talk therapy which did help me to focus on my problem and not just keep pushing it down inside. My diagnosis was major depression with signs of PTSD and an underlying mood disorder. I'm doing much better now, but I still tend to work off others feelings---anger, sadness, anxiety and end up a total mess. I think the stigma of having a "mental disorder" keeps so many from seeking the help they need. I'm not ashamed of it anymore. It doesn't define me. I'm just wired a bit different.
  • 1969VIKING
    Very good article. I have a small/or large portion of all 9 Signs. One area that I need to find more information is Sadness.

  • I think that there is another symptom that isn't mentioned - anger w/o cause. I see a lot of men that are depressed, but their symptom is frustration that leads to angry reactions to things. They're not *sad*.
  • I'm a psych nurse (retired) and I have well-controlled depression. This was an excellent article. The only area where I differ is in that of therapy. Not everyone can expect to see results in a few weeks or months. I also am a firm believer that medications can't do the whole job, and that the cognitive aspects of depression ( the negative thinking, self-condemnation, etc.) can continue if not addressed in therapy. It's similar to the "stinking thinking" talked about in alcohol recovery. I'm also a firm believer in seeing a mental health professional (MD, Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist) vs. a general practitioner. I saw too many instances of family practice prescribing one medication with a year's worth of refills, with no patient follow up. As the article says, there can be a lot of trial and error in finding the right prescription. Some patients I spoke with in my practice tried one antidepressant, felt it didn't work, then assumed none would work and quit trying.
    Mental health practitioners will require timely and regular follow-up to make sure the medication is working for you.

    Well done, SparkPeople!
    I have 'danced with the dragon of depression for years. Right now the dragon is in his laid and resting and not bothering me. My secret is exercise with a group of positive people and getting light on my face. Unfortunately the special lights do not do it, but sun does. A short walk in the morning or even late afternoon really helps. I also park a way from an entrance to a shop of Y and walk in. just 5 minutes, but I get that light.
    I also find positive people and keep away from those who are not.
  • Utilize SparkPeople to assist you in your recovery from depression. Use your blog for therapeutic journaling. Join teams for depression to connect with others who understand what you are going thru and to learn positive ideas and support. Use your tracking arena designated for Other Goals to keep a list of those things you have been putting off. Sparkpeople is a wonderful forum to provide a structure for what you need to overcome depression. I know...I have PTSD but i wont let it stop me from achieving my goals! Add me as a friend. I know what youre going thru. Best wishes to you!
    About 3 years ago, I was feeling mildly depressed, I had lost interest in just about everything, and felt sad and sluggish most of the time. I was due for my annual physical, so had the full blood workup. Turned out that I was hypothyroid. Once my thyroid medication was at the correct dosage (took about 2 months), my feelings of depression disappeared. I also had more energy.

    Now - I'm not saying that all depression is caused by low thyroid hormones. But, it's a good idea to rule out any possible physical causes for your depression symptoms. I was borderline hypothyroid, and the depression was the only symptom I had at the time. I had always struggled with losing weight, so lack of weight loss wasn't a new symptom.

    Often doctors look at the thyroid tests and if the numbers are in the "normal" range, don't consider that the patient could still be hypothyroid. If depression is one of the patient's symtoms, they treat the depression - which doesn't improve because the underlying cause is not addressed.
  • Good article. Please note that bipolar disorder is often misdiagnosed as depression. People with bipolar II may have hypomanic states (less than full manic highs) but they are depressed most of the time and usually only seek help when depressed. People typically go for years or decades before being properly diagnosed. The Problem: anti-depressant meds alone can trigger hypomania that can be very destructive. That's when people lose their jobs, friends, families and worse. All because their therapists thought they only had depression.
    Great article...

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