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Symptoms of Depression When To Get Help

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Highs and lows are very common. Very.


The first thing to get is that depression is a generic tag and that there are quite a few different depressive disorders out there with varying symptoms, severity, etc.


The first thing that always comes to mind when you mention "highs and lows" is BiPolar Disorder, though. In a nutshell it literally means "depressive disorder in which you cycle through moods of mild or extreme happiness and then down into some pretty dark territory conversely".


Depressive disorders, BiPolar and others, are not an uncommon diagnosis in today's world, and are suspected by many healthcare professionals as being still extremely under-diagnosed in our society.


I wish you luck.

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Other symptoms of depression:


* difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions

* fatigue and decreased energy

* feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness

* feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism

* insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping

* irritability, restlessness

* loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex

* overeating or appetite loss

* persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment

* persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings

* thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

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If you think you may be depressed from reading the symptoms provided by other posters in this thread, it's probably a good idea to go see a GP about it. Not only will they be able to diagnose you as a doctor, rather than you just self-diagnosing yourself, but they will be able to help you find ways to cope easier and begin a pathway to recovery.

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It depends on whether you mean situational or chronic depression. With chronic depression, it lasts for weeks or months or longer. The thing that a doctor will ask that is not on any of the "symptom lists" is whether or not it impacts your life (social, work, school, etc). Situational lasts a shorter amount of time and is often brought about by a specific event or "group" of events.


The misconception about bipolar disorder is that there isn't just a day or two where you feel "good." Your highs are REALLY high and must last a week or longer. By REALLY high, I mean you are doing things like talking non-stop, taking risks you normally wouldn't, have unusually & extremely high energy, can function on little sleep, you might get extremely agitated and fight or argue about minor annoyances, those types of things. BPI has more of these cycles and BPII has more depressive cycles and the highs aren't quite as high. Another big difference is with BPI, there are periods where you feel "normal," and all of a sudden, you will either go really high or really low; with BPII, you are almost always one or the other, there are very few periods of "normal."

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