What is Depression?

“Oh my god! My life is horrible, I’m going to start cutting myself”, “I feel so sad”, “I hate myself and my life”, “I don’t want to live anymore”, “I have depression”. These are all things I’ve heard my friends and classmates say over the past two years or so. It got me to thinking is teen life as bad as they say or are they just exaggerating for effect? Teenagers may be going through a lot these days, but does that really have anything to do with depression?

According to the American Psychiatric Association, “Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act.” We’re sure that you were probably already aware with an idea of what depression is. However, we’ve encountered the question ourselves and it turns out that we may not know as much as we think we do. Consequently, for the past two weeks, we have been researching many different branches and variations of depression. One of the things we discovered from our research was that depression is something that is commonly misinterpreted and self-diagnosed.

Something difficult to decipher is whether you actually have depression or you’re just feeling down and assuming things. We all have some rough times during our lives every now and then, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you’re suffering from depression. Many people search up online this reoccurring question in their minds “Do I have depression?”. They’ll read the symptoms or get a result from an unreliable source and come to the conclusion that they have depression. We are here to give a more detailed explanation of the symptoms of depression. These are some of the most misleading signs that cause people to conclude that they have depression; persistent sadness, anxiousness, or having an “empty” mood, feelings of hopelessness, guilt, worthlessness, helplessness or pessimism, being easily irritated, or feeling restless or having trouble sitting still.

One of the most equivocal symptoms is the feeling of sadness befalling you more often than not. Sadness could start from the smallest of things, such as getting a low score on a test or forgetting your keys at home, to the biggest things like your lover dying. Sadness can do many things to a person’s mind, some worse than others. But that doesn’t always mean you have depression. Depression has many variations, some are short-term, some are long-term. For example, major depression, bipolar disorder and psychotic depression and many more. Often sadness might just mean you’re just having a rough time and suffering from stress, or it’s just your hormones working up. Depression sadness is when you feel sad for no apparent reason. When no matter how you look at it, you just can’t find a reason why you’re sad. Sometimes depression could be triggered from a specific traumatizing event, but after a while you lose sight of that event and just stay depressed for no particular reason. Or you just feel sad at everything.

Another symptom that might mislead a person is having the feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, helplessness and so on. Feelings like these could come from anything. They are related to being sad, but not exactly. These kinds of pessimistic thoughts are also often caused from the things around you. It could just be from the environment you are living in; it does not mean you have depression. All these symptoms could all just be triggers, but it does not mean you necessarily have depression. A person can only identify yourself to have depression when these feelings seem to barricade one into their own mind. It’s as those thoughts are the only you can focus on and nothing seem to help.

Depression is indeed a disorder that is very hard to identify. Sometimes even professionals can’t exactly say if one truly has depression. This is due to the large amount of misleading symptoms of depression. There many self-diagnosed patients out there as well. All the symptoms written above are some of the most deceptive symptoms of depression. What a person know is that, these symptoms could lead to or is a part of depression, but not always. The majority of the symptoms could be temporary or caused by an event or the environment around a person. Which leads to a person thinking they have depression, when they actually don’t. Think about it, are you constantly sad for no reason? Are you caged by your own melancholic thoughts? Are you just going through a phase? Ask these questions before you assume you have a mental disorder that could ruin your life.

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