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    Does anyone have a great explanation for what depression actually means?


    Hi mentalhealth08,

    Great question!

    Depression in its most simplified definition is intense sadness.

    There are many forms of depression, genetic depression, clinical depression, situation depression.

    Sometimes we are born with depression, sometimes we develop depression due to our environments and life circumstances and a lack of tools to deal with those.

    Labels or no labels, whenever we don’t feel we are living our best life, it can be immeasurably helpful to speak with a therapist.

    Hi @mentalhealth08 while there is no singular way that depression is manifest, there is a ‘textbook’ definition (which I’ll post below) as well as the way many of us conceptualize it.

    In a nutshell, sadness is a feeling which can arise out of the blue or can be triggered by events in the environment. This emotion becomes a ‘lens’ that can then color of thoughts, other feelings and actions; when we learn to recognize what the lens of depression is causing us to see, we can break out of it!


    The DSM-5 outlines the following criterion to make a diagnosis of depression. The individual must be experiencing five or more symptoms during the same 2-week period and at least one of the symptoms should be either (1) depressed mood or (2) loss of interest or pleasure.

    1. Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day.
    2. Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day.
    3. Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day.
    4. A slowing down of thought and a reduction of physical movement (observable by others, not merely subjective feelings of restlessness or being slowed down).
    5. Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day.
    6. Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt nearly every day.
    7. Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day.
    8. Recurrent thoughts of death, recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide.

    To receive a diagnosis of depression, these symptoms must cause the individual clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. The symptoms must also not be a result of substance abuse or another medical condition.

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    Hello !!! Depression is just kind of mental fatigue. it needs right approach with easy tactics.

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    depression can be deal with right approach. you will find a positive change in you after applying these tips.

    Hello !!! Depression is just kind of mental fatigue. it needs right approach with easy tactics.

    Hi mentalhealth08,

    Such a great question with some great answers.

    I just want to let you know that whatever diagnosis you or someone else was given, YOU CAN STILL LIVE A HAPPY & PRODUCTIVE LIFE.


    So I invite you to get the help you need with the goal in mind of being able to lead a happy and successful life.

    Good luck.

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