Tuesday, October 24, 20065:08 AM
-Persistent sad, anxious or "empty" mood
-Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
-Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness (check)
-Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
-Decreased energy, fatigue
-Difficulty concentrating, remembering and making decisions
-Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping (check)
-Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
-Restlessness, irritability (check)
-Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain
-Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts (check... 5 for the record)
-Thoughts or talk of self-harm or harm to others (check)
-Giving away prized possessions or a sudden lifting of depressed mood (often indications that a decision about suicide has been reached)
forms of depression (like that thing itself isn't bad enough):
-characterized by a combination of symptoms that interfere with the ability to work, study, sleep, eat, and enjoy once pleasurable activities. A disabling episode of depression like this may happen only once, but more commonly people experience several in a lifetime.
-a less severe type of depression, involves long-term, chronic symptoms that are not disabling, but keep one from functioning well or feeling good. Many people with dysthymia also experience major depressive episodes at some time in their lives.
Bipolar disorder (also known as manic-depressive illness)
-not nearly as prevalent as other forms of depression. Characterized by cycling mood changes, the patient experiences severe highs (mania) and lows (depression). Sometimes the mood switches are rapid, but most often they are gradual. In the depressed cycle, an individual can have any or all of the symptoms of a typical depressive disorder. In the manic phase, he or she may be hyperactive, excessively talkative, and have a great deal of energy. (oh jia lat... im like this!!!)
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
-a major depression that occurs in the winter when the amount of sunlight is limited.
-occurs within four weeks of childbirth. Most new mothers suffer from some form of the "baby blues." Postpartum depression, in contrast, is major depression, thought to be triggered by changes in hormonal flows associated with having a baby.
-a rare form of depression characterized by delusions or hallucinations, such as believing you are someone you are not and hearing voices.
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