What is Depression?

According to the Diagnostic Criteria for Major Depressive Disorder and Depressive Episodes (what a name)…To be considered depressed you must have at least 5 of the following 9 symptoms present EVERY DAY (my comments are in bold)

  1. Depressed mood or irritable most of the day, nearly every day, as indicated by either subjective report (feels sad or empty) or observation made by others (appears tearful)**I have only felt this way when I am having a depression episode and I can’t say that it’s most of the day but it will happen every day…again, only when I’m in an episode**
  2. Decreased interest or pleasure in most activities, most of each day **I can’t say this to be true at all**
  3. Significant weight change (5%) or change in appetite ** considering I’m actively loosing weight…no on this one**
  4. Change in sleep: Insomnia or hypersomnia**Again a no..my sleeping has been light since I became a parent. I get up at 4 a.m. so I go to bed early. I don’t have insomnia for odd reasons.
  5. Change in activity: psycho motor agitation or retardation **not that I can see**
  6. Fatigue or loss of energy**nope**
  7. Guilt/worthlessness: feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt **obviously…I mean my posts on this blog alone say that**
  8. Concentration: diminished ability to think or concentrate, or more indecisiveness **no**
  9. Suicidality: thoughts of death or suicide, or has a suicide plan. **I’ve thought that people would be better off without me around, but I never thought of killing myself or made a plan**


Now I know this isn’t a professional diagnosis – I’m not a doctor and don’t play one on television- but according to reading the rest of the sheet, I’m mild. But what is with the crying at the drop of a hat? Is that because I’m hormonal? Is it because the meds I’m on aren’t working (**strong chance of that since I’ve been on the same one for 16 years and am going to have that checked soon**


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