A diagnosis of a depressive disorder should be made by a licensed mental health professional; however, if you feel that the above information resonates with you, it may be worth speaking with a professional who will ask you questions regarding your symptoms, when they began, and how severe they are. You may also be asked about your family history and childhood in order to understand what may have led to your depressive symptoms.
It may be valuable for individuals to undergo a comprehensive psychological evaluation in order to determine the severity and nature of one’s depressive symptoms. Psychological assessment help to tease apart why you are experiencing depressive symptoms and provide helpful recommendations for treatment.
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Many people feel sad, lonely, irritable, and have low mood but this passes within a couple days. With clinical depression, these symptoms last longer and interfere with daily life. You may find that you cannot focus and concentrate like you once did before, or that you do not get as much pleasure or joy out of activities you once enjoyed. Some people who have clinical depression are unaware of what treatments are available while others never seek treatment. However, the large majority of individuals who do seek treatment for clinical depression see an improvement in their lives and a reduction of symptoms. In addition, depression does not discriminate, as children, adolescents and adults can experience clinical depression.
There are several forms of clinical depression; they include: Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia), Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. Also, at times certain substances, medications, and medical conditions can mimic the symptoms of depression; however, they often fall under the category of a different diagnosis.
It is important to note that there is a commonality between depressive disorders, which is the experience of feelings of sadness, emptiness, or irritable mood, with physical (e.g., fatigue, and feeling “slowed down”) and mental changes that greatly interfere with daily life.
Some individuals experience significant feelings of depression that are related to natural ebbs and flows of life whereas other individuals may experience depressive symptoms for no apparent reason.
Major Depressive Disorder Symptoms:
Someone who has been experiencing clinically depressive symptoms for at least two years, may be experiencing Persistent Depressive Disorder. This diagnosis was previously known as “Dysthymia.”
Persistent Depressive Disorder Symptoms:
Some children and adolescents appear frequently irritable and display severe emotional outbursts. Children and adolescent who are irritable and have outburst often have difficulty regulating their emotional experiences. This is a common occurrence in individuals with Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD).
Some women feel a drastic change in mood just prior to the start of their menstrual cycle. During this time they often experience severe mood swings, irritability, anger, or depressed mood.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Symptoms:
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