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At what point do you tell someone you think you need to be professionally diagnosed with depression?

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Last Updated: 11/24/2020 at 12:42am
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Top Rated Answers
January 15th, 2015 7:59pm
At any point! Sometimes it is helpful to talk it out with someone you trust. If you know you need help, please don't hesitate to get it. You may feel immensely better after being professional diagnosed, as you will be validated and hopefully receive the help that you need. I wish you the best of luck!
May 1st, 2015 6:53am
I think just about anyone can learn from having a life coach or therapist, so I'm not really shy about suggesting someone seek professional help if they seem to be suffering for long.. just make sure you don't label the person as being somehow "other" that "people like me" because of the diagnosis, if it comes, people with depression are still diverse human beings, they just happen to have a sometimes temporary imbalance, and sometimes permanent imbalance in the brain.. and they still have many parts of their lives that are meaningful and worthwhile and can be great friends and people in general.
May 9th, 2015 3:19am
If you feel fatigued upset, as well as if you no longer wish to do things you once loved, seek help.
May 16th, 2015 2:49am
At any point when you think you are having depression. The later you wait, the worse its gonna get.
May 28th, 2015 4:40am
If you are asking this question, then this is the point. If there is any concern about anything, it is always good to get it checked out as soon as you are concerned about something.
June 4th, 2015 4:56pm
When you start feeling down a lot and it gets hard to handle or if your parents notice. If you are feeling depressed ask your parents to see if they can get you to see a doctor.
August 11th, 2015 6:42pm
when they feel the need to harm themselves, or are sad for no reason, it can be a bunch of reasons.
September 15th, 2015 3:24am
I would say you should talk to a professional when it is overwhelming and is starting to affect your every day activities.
September 15th, 2015 11:46pm
If you begin to feel overwhelmed by your depression it is time to reach out and tell people you wish to be professionally diagnosed, there is never a bad time to open up to someone. No reason is too small, it's important to remember it is NOT shameful to seek help, it is very brave!
November 2nd, 2015 1:28am
when they are unable to be reasonable to accept that they are worth something and people care about them. When the first thing that comes to mind is self harm or sad thoughts
December 7th, 2015 2:00am
Tell your family or people who love and understand you as soon as possible. There's nothing wrong in talking about it and it may help you to have their support
December 7th, 2015 5:33am
If the person is so depressed or lethargic they can't seem to go about their daily lives. The problem is when you're depressed you lack motivation, and you need to be motivated to seek help. When a person can't even be motivated by their own happiness, they may need some encouragement to seek professional help.
December 7th, 2015 9:56am
When symptoms are not going away after 6 months at least. You should talk with a psychologist first and then you may talk with a psichriat about depression.
January 18th, 2016 8:30am
The point when I feel guilty or worthless of whatever has happened or I am unable to take clear decisions and feel sleep disturbances while constantly being sad for a long amount of time I can say that I need be professionally diagnosed with depression.
April 11th, 2017 1:41am
The clinical answer is when symptoms of depression persist for over two weeks. At this point, you may want to see a professional in order to get help with your mental illness, especially if you are experiencing darker thoughts like feeling worthless and wanting to die.
June 13th, 2017 5:12pm
As soon as you find that its an obstacle in living life as you normally do, like when u dont want to eat or sleep and similar things. When u see the signs and it hinders your life in anyway no matter how small.
February 12th, 2018 12:24pm
When they are experiencing changes that are starting to get debilitating on their daily life, and most of all, when they are not in the capacity to overcome it. Some people can recognize that they might be depressed and take precautionary steps, some can't.
March 26th, 2018 6:01pm
If you believe that you're becoming unable to cope with your daily life, if you are consistently feeling low or your low mood is affecting your normal routine, then you should seek professional help.
July 17th, 2018 6:35pm
When you feel worthless and feel like you have nothing to live for and cry a lot at small things or want to die
November 24th, 2020 12:42am
I most definitely relate to this question... I just came from this same position. After you start to notice symptoms, make sure you're paying attention to them and noticing if they're getting better or worse. If it starts to interfere with your day to day activities, I'd suggest talking to a doctor or counselor. It can be scary, but you need to remember that your mental health is your first priority and it's important to take care of yourself. Tell your doctor your symptoms at your next check up and they'll be able to help you take the next step by either giving you medication or suggesting counseling. Good luck!