8 Signs of Major Depressive Disorder
We know that depression is frequently mentioned discussed and is often in the media It’s become known as the common cold of mental illness with over 175 million reported sufferers worldwide.
Probably the most severe form of the depressive condition is a major depressive disorder or MDD to qualify for a diagnosis a number of official parameters must be satisfied as reviewed by a medical professional and as per symptoms from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual fifth edition, or DSM-5.
The patient must have had a single depressive episode that has lasted for 14 consecutive days or more Presented five out of eight symptoms listed in the DSM-5 and the episode must have caused significant distress and impairment to the sufferer.
So here are eight telltale signs to help you determine if you should ask your doctor about major depressive disorder Disclaimer, please do not use this video to self diagnose if you can relate to most of these signs.
We advise you to go to a qualified medical health professional for proper diagnosis of one persistent depressed mood Feeling depressed for most of the day for a period of at least two weeks solid is one of the key criteria for the diagnosis of MDD.
This period is called a depressive episode and it can be triggered by an upsetting event it is also untriggering but there is no clear reason for this occurring if You are feeling unusually sad hopeless empty and
Demotivated for weeks on end this may be a clear sign of having a mood disorder – the inability to feel pleasure.
What’s an activity you do that always gives you joy, that’s something that can make your whole day better.
For me, it’s that sweet sweet unwrapping of a new game and watching the intro So what’s going on when you do your thing, but now you feel nothing, unfortunately.
This means anhedonia has arrived Anhedonia is defined as the inability to feel pleasure. And it’s one of the core characteristics of major depressive disorder.
This means that on top of feeling depressed most of the time with MDD you’re now also inconsolable No event or gift can bring you up the most you feel is flat Three weight gain or loss.
The more common weight fluctuation with MDD sufferers is weight loss stemming from a reduced appetite however, there is a specific subtype of MDD called.
MDD with atypical features wherein the person will start overeating and gain weight instead, either way, MDD is known to disrupt your normal eating patterns and may lead to unhealthy eating habits such as binge eating or self-starvation for insomnia or hypersomnia.
What’s your sleep like are you good with six hours or do you need eight hours to be functional?
Whatever it is, as long as you feel rested and alert, that’s fine. Everyone’s personal healthy sleep need is different, unfortunately, MDD can frequently affect this – Insomnia is constantly sleeping too little around one to three hours per night.
Despite wanting to sleep and having the time for it The other side of this is hypersomnia one of the signs of MDD with typical features
You sleep more than 10 hours per night and still feel unrested and tired upon waking 5 over fatigue with loss of energy do you feel.
Exhausted all the time despite doing almost nothing every day
Do simple activities like brushing your teeth or saying a quick hello feel like climbing a mountain.
This kind of over fatigue and low energy is characteristic of those afflicted with major depressive disorder depression sufferers of many types typically have no drive to do anything and feel constantly tired despite doing nothing, the result is usually.
Resignation staying in bed all day and staring at nothing 6 feelings of worthlessness and guilt We can all feel guilty at times and also very upset with ourselves for making mistakes.
That’s normal, However, has your self-esteem suddenly and dramatically plummeted Do you feel wracked with painful guilt at your smallest mistakes or even things not in your control?
MD D makes regular guilt and self-checking into overwhelming emotions Activities like writing or speaking to a friend could be helpful.
If they aren’t seeing a professional can let you know if there’s something more serious behind it seven difficulties thinking and concentrating.
This sign is likely a consequence of having low energy and little motivation to do anything in Simpler terms since there’s no motivation.
You don’t care enough about something to concentrate on it
studies found that patients with MDD have poorer memory become less focused and attentive and Have difficulty making decisions on their own eight recurrent suicidal ideation.
Last on this list, but perhaps most seriously those with MDD often have recurrent thoughts about suicide depression can feel so
overwhelmingly torturous isolating and dark that it may seem like the only way to stop the pain is to end the life living it if.
You or someone you know is entertaining thoughts about committing suicide Even if there is no plan or previous attempts, this is still quite serious and it’s important that it’s taken that way.
Depression may be seen as common but that does not mean that it is in any way easy Do you see yourself in any of these signs or does this information help to make sense of anything?
You’ve seen in others?
Although it may not appear like it at the moment with the proper help things can and will get better It is possible to alleviate the symptoms and live a fulfilling and meaningful life.
There are resources and professionals to help Knowing more about depression will encourage the understanding patience Dedication and support required to help either yourself or others We here at psyched ago are here to help spread that knowledge.
Anxiety and Depression: What’s the Difference?
Anxiety and depression may be confusing, especially if a person is struggling with both. These mental disorders can be comorbid,
meaning someone with depression can also have anxiety symptoms
and vice versa.
What exactly are Anxiety and Depression?
According to Medical News Today, anxiety disorders occur when a person regularly feels disproportional levels of distress, worry, or fear over an emotional trigger.
While depression is a mood disorder characterized by the persistently low mood in a feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Living with both disorders can be challenging.
Let’s have a look at the different and common symptoms
of anxiety and depression.
Some anxiety symptoms are, but not limited to, excessive and ongoing worry and tension, an unrealistic view of problems,
a sense of impending danger, panic or doom, restlessness or fatigue.
The need to go to the bathroom frequently, and insomnia.
Some depression symptoms are, but again, not limited to,
the feeling of being hopeless.
The loss of interest in things, or activities you once enjoyed, appetite changes and weight fluctuations, insomnia or hypersomnia,
suicidal thoughts or attempts, and self-harming.
Some common symptoms between the two appear to be insomnia, fatigue, and irritability, all of which impair your ability to perform everyday tasks.
Both mental disorders, although different, share symptoms
making it difficult to understand which is which. The differences can be observed in how anxiety and depression manifest.
Anxiety disorders are oriented towards the future. It is characterized by excessive fear and worries, that in turn, will affect the person’s behavior.
This occurs when people overestimate the danger in situations.
In severe cases, people will avoid a situation that causes them anxiety.
Individuals can experience sensations of impending doom
or feeling on edge 24/7. If the anxiety disorder is not controlled on time, people can experience panic attacks, and their daily function will become affected.
Depressive disorders, on the other hand, are oriented towards the past. People tend to fixate on negative situations
that impacted them.
Individuals experience diminished interest in most activities
if not all. Physically, depressed people can exhibit psychomotor retardation.
This includes slowed speech and decreased movement. Depression also affects sleeping patterns. People will either sleep too little, which can lead to insomnia, or too much, which can lead to hypersomnia.
Individuals with depression have feelings of worthlessness,
guilt, or emptiness.
In severe cases, people will have recurrent thoughts of death,
suicide, or make attempts to do so. We hope this video helps you understand.
what you or a loved one may be going through. Please, keep in mind that if you’re struggling with either or both disorders, you are not alone.
Asking for help does not make you weak. So, please don’t feel ashamed to do so. If you think you may be exhibiting signs of anxiety or depression, please see a licensed professional.