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Difference between severe depression and normal depression?

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What would you say would classify someone as having severe depression as oppose to normal depression?
 
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It’s like the difference between a cold and influenza. With generalised depression you will probably be able to go about your daily routine even if you dont feel too good. But major depression takes over your life. You would find everyday things difficult even getting out of bed, washing etc. And would definatly need some medical intervention
 
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It’s like the difference between a cold and influenza. With generalised depression you will probably be able to go about your daily routine even if you dont feel too good. But major depression takes over your life. You would find everyday things difficult even getting out of bed, washing etc. And would definatly need some medical intervention
I'm wondering why my psychiatrist hasn't diagnosed me with depression. I find everyday tasks extremely difficult. I struggle to brush my teeth and shower or even change clothes most days. Can barely even concentrate on tv. Suicidal thoughts all the time, complete apathy. Can't leave the house, etc.
 
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I'm wondering why my psychiatrist hasn't diagnosed me with depression. I find everyday tasks extremely difficult. I struggle to brush my teeth and shower or even change clothes most days. Can barely even concentrate on tv. Suicidal thoughts all the time, complete apathy. Can't leave the house, etc.
Do you have anxiety? Only asking as it can cause a lot of issues in much the same way depression seems to. I don't know what's wrong with me (yet) so I can't speak from personal experience, though I am fairly certain that one of my main issues is anxiety which has made me depressed. If that makes sense?
It seems that our minds are not so easy to compartmentalise - it's difficult to differentiate sometimes.
 
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It may be that your showing other symptoms as well and that the p/doc is wary into rushing into a diagnosis. I was diagnosed as depressed for years then bipolar then schizoaffective depressive type , social anxiety and Cptsd . Those diagnosis came after years of treatment . But for the last 10 years it hasn’t changed.
Are you on any on any medication as yet if not I’d guess there still deciding what’s the best way forward for you
 
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Do you have anxiety? Only asking as it can cause a lot of issues in much the same way depression seems to. I don't know what's wrong with me (yet) so I can't speak from personal experience, though I am fairly certain that one of my main issues is anxiety which has made me depressed. If that makes sense?
It seems that our minds are not so easy to compartmentalise - it's difficult to differentiate sometimes.
Yeah I do have anxiety. I think the anxiety came first and then the depression. The brain is so complex it's very hard to pinpoint exactly what's wrong with us. All I know is I haven't been able to live my life for the last 10 years or so because of this illness. It really does real havoc on you. Are you seeing a psychiatrist at the moment?
 
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Yeah I do have anxiety. I think the anxiety came first and then the depression. The brain is so complex it's very hard to pinpoint exactly what's wrong with us. All I know is I haven't been able to live my life for the last 10 years or so because of this illness. It really does real havoc on you. Are you seeing a psychiatrist at the moment?
I'm going to be very soon, I have an assessment on Monday and I think that involves a psychiatrist. I hope they can help me!

It's heart breaking to see all of these people still struggling after so long too; it makes me wonder if the issue is with our society and not the individual(s).
 
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I'm going to be very soon, I have an assessment on Monday and I think that involves a psychiatrist. I hope they can help me!

It's heart breaking to see all of these people still struggling after so long too; it makes me wonder if the issue is with our society and not the individual(s).
I'm sure they can help you.

Yeah it really is quite a battle. This forum is great for people who are suffering though as it's a way to connect with people going through similar struggles or as just a way to vent.
 
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Everytime i do one of those online depression tests it tells me I have severe depression, even on my good days, so I really don't know the difference tbh :( I keep thinking I'm fine as well :scratcheshead:
 
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Tell psychiatrist about your thoughts regarding suicidal ideation,I have been there , ask about anti depressants which alleviate the symptoms of anxiety & depression, I also take a mood stabilizer lithium ,and it's started to clear the cloudy thinking, low mood,
That is my experience , after the effects of a bad depression.
Before your visit do research on medication.
I take setraline & lithium ,it doesn't suit everyone.
Alot of patients and trial and errors on medication, but if you find the best medication for u they do alleviate the low mood called depression.
You have my sympathy
I was ill off work for 3 months returned yesterday no one at work knew anything.
 
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Tell psychiatrist about your thoughts regarding suicidal ideation,I have been there , ask about anti depressants which alleviate the symptoms of anxiety & depression, I also take a mood stabilizer lithium ,and it's started to clear the cloudy thinking, low mood,
That is my experience , after the effects of a bad depression.
Before your visit do research on medication.
I take setraline & lithium ,it doesn't suit everyone.
Alot of patients and trial and errors on medication, but if you find the best medication for u they do alleviate the low mood called depression.
You have my sympathy
I was ill off work for 3 months returned yesterday no one at work knew anything.
I've been on fluoxetine for a while now. It's not working yet but i know it takes a good 6 months for it to work for me as it did last time. I have told the psychiatrist all of this too. I was on sertraline before too but changed back to fluoxetine. I just have to ride out this storm i guess
 
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are you able to cope on a daily basis , primarily r u working to take your mind off the awful feelings associated with depression, i work in tele -sales & had to take 3 months off work.
i was very fortunate as my company has private health and my psychiatrist was good, others i have seen were awful, i am starting to feel better , returned to work on a part-time basis.
Good luck keep us updated>>
 
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are you able to cope on a daily basis , primarily r u working to take your mind off the awful feelings associated with depression, i work in tele -sales & had to take 3 months off work.
i was very fortunate as my company has private health and my psychiatrist was good, others i have seen were awful, i am starting to feel better , returned to work on a part-time basis.
Good luck keep us updated>>
I can't even leave my house at the moment so work is out of the question. I feel like i'd be better off going into a hospital or something until the meds kick in but i don't know if that would be allowed. It's hard sitting in my room all day.
 
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I had depression many times in my life(mild to moderate). But I now can scream? ...... this deptession is the severest depression I’ve ever had in my life. So many severe sxs. I knew what DSM-5 says but I now really understand what severe depression is. .
 
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I can't even leave my house at the moment so work is out of the question. I feel like i'd be better off going into a hospital or something until the meds kick in but i don't know if that would be allowed. It's hard sitting in my room all day.
I don’t know how long you’ve been on Fluoxetine.... but I hope it’ll work for you soon. I’ve been on Fluoxetine for almost 10 weeks but I don’t know if it kicked in or not ??? It seems a very slow activating med. If you’re younger, it may kick in faster. Older the slower.
I changed meds from Lexapro-Cymbalta-Zoloft-Prozac (Flu) this time. When I was unable to sleep or eat, I went to inpatient for a while.... it reduced my anxiety. Their simple schedule helped me. It’s another option.
 
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