Do I Have Mild or Severe Depression?
Depression affects not only the patient, but also those around the patient. Being unsure of the type of depression you have can make figuring out what you need for treatment even more difficult and painful. As many people experience different levels of depression, it is important to know if your symptoms are mild or severe so you can get the treatment you need to get well.
Symptoms of Mild Depression
If you suffer from mild depression, you may exude any of the following symptoms:
- Poor appetite: because many people have poor diets to begin with, this symptom can be tricky. A poor appetite in someone who is mildly depressed would include not eating enough or constantly overeating. To determine if this fits your diet, track your normal eating patterns for comparison.
- Sleep problems: we all become exhausted and will occasionally sleep a bit more than usual, but when oversleeping becomes constant, this should serve as a red flag for mild depression. On the flip side of that, not being able to get to sleep or stay asleep can also indicate sleeping patterns.
- Poor concentration: if you have more difficulty than normal concentrating on everyday tasks, you may suffer mild depression. If your mind is wandering constantly and you cannot focus, your body is telling you that it is stressed about something.
- Helplessness: feeling helpless, as if there is nothing more you can do to feel better, is usually the key symptom of depression. Combined with low self-esteem, this symptom can destroy your life.
If you suffer any of these symptoms for a lengthy period of time, mild depression may be the answer.
Symptoms of Severe Depression
On the other hand, the following issues can signal severe depression:
- A depressed mood is where nothing makes you happy or excited, and your general demeanor is incredibly lax
- Loss of interest: a major sign of severe depression is losing interest in things that used to make the person happy. Examples of this would be activities she used to be involved in, people she used to hang out with or an everyday interest in what is going on around her.
- Weight loss or gain: similar to appetite problems in mild depression, those with severe depression can either lose considerable weight without dieting or gain weight as a result of overeating
- Thoughts of suicide, a glamorized plan for suicide or a well-thought out plan for suicide is the most serious symptom of severe depression. The thought that there is nothing left in this life to experience or participate in is an extremely concerning symptom.
Both types of depression are serious and require considerable treatment. Whether it is through the help of a doctor who can provide medication, or from a therapist who can teach a patient some skills to combat depression, people who experience these symptoms need professional help. Waiting to get help for depression can be a serious and potentially fatal mistake.
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