Friday, October 26, 2012

Am I depressed?

 

I think I have a mild depression problem, or I just think I have one?

Here are the classic symptoms according to WebMD and HelpGuide.org

  • sadness or depressed mood most of the day or almost every day
  • loss of enjoyment in things that were once pleasurable
  • major change in weight (gain or loss of more than 5% of weight within a month) or appetite 
  • insomnia or excessive sleep almost every day
  • physically restless or rundown that is noticeable by others
  • fatigue or loss of energy almost every day
  • feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness or excessive guilt almost every day
  • problems with concentration or making decisions almost every day
  • recurring thoughts of death or suicide, suicide plan, or suicide attempt

 

It says that when you have at least five of those you have the classic major depression illness. Let’s see my checklist.

  • Yes, I get depressed almost everyday especially when I’m home. I listen to music or read a book when I’m down.
  • I couldn’t think of any “loss of enjoyment” at the moment, but I don’t think this symptom applies to me.
  • Major change in weight? I have to check this with our measuring scale. But definitely loss in appetite. There are times when I don’t feel like eating.
  • I oversleep almost everyday. For the past months, I have been late for work and I have been trying to wake up early, but I just can’t. I can’t help it.
  • physically restless? Um, I don’t think so.. but I’m itching for a new job. I don’t think people will notice me either.
  • fatigue, yes I feel tired, but it’s normal because I go to work.
  • feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness, and guilt almost everyday, yes. Proof? Look at my plurk updates.
  • problems with concentration? yes. That is when you have social networks around you. I can make decisions. But I have very poor memory.
  • recurring thoughts of suicide… yes. The only thing stopping me is my faith in Christ.

I guess I only have the mild case of depression… *shrugs*