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It was a bright sunny mid-spring day. The birds were chirping outside. You could hear kids laughing and playing in the distance. People were buzzing around with all their errands on this gorgeous day. Yet, I could barely drag myself out of bed. I had less than zero motivation to get up. I felt hopeless, worthless, ugly, and just plain blah. It was at this moment that I realized I may have depression.
History of Depression
I didn’t really know what was wrong with me. There was no easy way to describe what I was feeling, especially since I had never felt this way before. At 9 years of age, I experienced my first major death. My grandmother.
I was really close with my grandma. She pretty much raised me up until the point she got terminally sick with cancer. My mother was going to actually give me up for adoption, but it was my grandmother who told her to keep me, letting my mom know that they would help her out. Losing my grandma was the most excruciating pain I had ever felt at that point. My grandma was the most amazing woman. She was the one who kept our family together. Life would never be the same.
That was the beginning of my depression. I started to really do poorly in school, had horrible mood swings, hardly ate, and cried all the time. Although, my depression could have also stemmed from other trauma I experienced as a child. However, this was when I started to really notice the effects of depression.
Do I need help?
The day I reflected on at the beginning of this post was when I realized that I may need help. I was in my 20’s when I decided I should start seeing a therapist for my depression. Therapy along with medication really helped me learn the skills and coping mechanisms I need to deal with depression. The therapist diagnosed me with chronic depression, however, I was determined not to let depression ruin my life.
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What is Depression
Depression is a mood disorder characterized by periods of extreme sadness. These periods are called depressive episodes. Depression is a treatable illness, but only if it’s recognized and treatment is sought.
Types of Depression
- Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) – symptoms of MDD involve a low mood state of two weeks or longer.
- Depression with catatonic or melancholic features – this includes the standard depression symptoms as well as melancholic symptoms. Which are excessive guilt or catatonic symptoms like mutism.
- Atypical Depression – atypical symptoms include an increased appetite and need for sleep.
- Seasonal Affective Disorder – depressive symptoms occur to the time of year (season), like winter.
How to know if you are depressed?
It can be difficult to know for sure if you suffer from depression. So we’ve come up with a simple quiz that you can take to find out if you are suffering from depression. Please read the instructions carefully.
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