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Posted by: Kate | 2012-03-19

Depressive vs depression

Hi doc.

I just want to know. How does one establish if you are only feeling depressive, or if you have depression? I don''t want to go see a shrink, if it''s not neccesary.

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Maybe the real difference is between feeling Sad ( often called "depressed" ) and having Depression.
Every normal person feels sad at times. But there is usually a reason for it, and it usually doesn't last for long - it's not consistent, day after day. Its not very deep, even if its unpleasant, and its usually possible for one to be cheered up. It doesn't interfere with your work or personal relationshiops. If the impact is overall more than that, it may well be Depression, an illness in its own right.
There are criteria you will find in many places on the internet ( and discussed elsewhere in health24, if you search the site ) that doctors use to make a firm diagnosis of depression.
If this is a substantial and lasting problem for you, it is best to see a psychiatrist in the first place, for an expert diagnosis and discussion of treatment alternatives, which may include emdications and/or counselling. Thereafter, prescriptions if needed can be supplied by a GP.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2012-03-19

Maybe the real difference is between feeling Sad ( often called "depressed" ) and having Depression.
Every normal person feels sad at times. But there is usually a reason for it, and it usually doesn't last for long - it's not consistent, day after day. Its not very deep, even if its unpleasant, and its usually possible for one to be cheered up. It doesn't interfere with your work or personal relationshiops. If the impact is overall more than that, it may well be Depression, an illness in its own right.
There are criteria you will find in many places on the internet ( and discussed elsewhere in health24, if you search the site ) that doctors use to make a firm diagnosis of depression.
If this is a substantial and lasting problem for you, it is best to see a psychiatrist in the first place, for an expert diagnosis and discussion of treatment alternatives, which may include emdications and/or counselling. Thereafter, prescriptions if needed can be supplied by a GP.

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