Mark Your Cards / Self Diagnosis (Depression scale)

Learn how I beat Depression

There is one truth in life that at least we can hold onto in a world where the truth is often hidden from us, in a world where we are lied to, or a world that seems too complex for any real core truth to exist. That is that people are different, the things that happen to us have different impacts on each one of us. The way that we interact with others affects one person in a way that would be different for another. So too depression affects us all differently, where the malaise is always the same there is a depression scale that demonstrates how it affects some people worse than it affects others.

Our ability to stave off its more serious symptoms sometimes makes it more difficult for diagnosis. There are nine points of similarity in all sufferers however. Once four of these symptoms are met, then a diagnosis of depression can be made. The level of seriousness that the depression scale denotes is down to how many, in excess of four of these symptoms we are showing.

We may be experiencing a loss of confidence and self esteem. This almost goes without saying in the pressure cooker of the mind afflicted with depression, that just wants to tell us that we are somehow not good enough. There will be high levels of guilt being experienced over things that we have no right to be guilty of at all, and it is a tall order to counteract against what is not tangible. Sometimes the excessive and inappropriate feelings of guilt we exert upon ourselves cannot be battled, as it is difficult to battle an illusion until the root cause of that illusion is determined and removed.

Where the patient does not complain of experiencing sadness, this does not mean that sadness does not exist. One of the main lessons that an occupational therapy student will learn when honing their abilities to treat and deal with depressed people is not to ask the question, ‘how are you feeling?’ It is so easy for the patient to throw back ‘fine’ as an answer. The more open question that they are trained to use in determining the state of play in the mind of the patient and for finding where they sit on the depression scale is ‘do you think that life is worth living?’ It is open enough to shake the person to the core and garner a real answer, an answer that not only allows the care worker to see how you are feeling but to also determine if you experiencing the symptom of ‘recurrent thoughts about death.

It is simple enough to draw your own conclusions on your level of suffering once the information is placed in front of you, but it may take a trained professional to get a truly honest answer from you.  This is the list of symptoms, if you can say for certain that you are suffering from any four of these then you may judge for yourself if you are in fact suffering from depression and not just having a bad day or two.

If the mood is depressed for more than two weeks, if there is a loss of interest in this things that at one point you derived pleasure from, if there is a significant drop in weight, if sleep has become and issue, if your motor activity skills are down, if you are having difficulty in concentrating on the smallest things, then there is a strong chance that on the depression scale you are in fact depressed. Looking through this list how many do you feel apply to you? The most basic calling card of depression is a change on mood, if you are consistently down in the dumps then know that you have a problem. One truth is that problems don’t go away of their own accord. Seek help and get help, it doesn’t have to be from a medical professional, seeking out help from those around you is the first step to one by one seeing these symptoms disappear and see you right back being your honest to goodness self again.

Learn how I beat Depression

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