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Sunday, April 27, 2008

About Clinical Depression - 2

  1. Persistently sad, anxious, or "empty" mood
  2. Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  3. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
  4. Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
  5. Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  6. Decreased appetite and/or weight loss, or overeating and weight gain
  7. Fatigue, decreased energy, being "slowed down"
  8. Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
  9. Restlessness, irritability
  10. Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
  11. Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain

Depression symptoms may be a cause of other illnesses, so it is advisable that all organic causes are ruled out first. Anti-depressants should not be doled out on a whim without first examining other physical symptoms and ruling out other possible illnesses. Depression symptoms should also be experienced over a prolonged period before it can be diagnosed as clinical depression and not a mere 'mood swing' or 'psychosomatic symptoms of stress'.

I experienced all eleven of these symptoms when I went to see my psychiatrist.

Today with medication and trying my best, I only experience:

#1, #2, #3 during some days of the weeks, or some hours of a day, instead of every day and every hour.
#4 is better now than before.
#5 is fully alleviated by medication.
#6 is more than okay. My appetite is fine, too fine that I am getting fat.
#7 is still persistently there. I have to force myself to do things.
#8... is still present sometimes, when I think about things like, what will happen if I never get better and my parents pass on.
#9 and #10 still there.
#11 is gone, I am no longer sick everyday. I however get migraine headaches when I am in tiring scenarios such as social situations, for example when I have to spend time with a group of friends, or when I have to talk about myself or find things to talk about with people.

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