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Can I be depressed and not know it?

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Can I be depressed and not know it?
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beautifulOcean
December 18th, 2015 10:05pm
I think that you can, or at least be depressed and not put a label on it. I was depressed for a few months without putting a label on it-I think the reason I and some other people do this is because we're scared of the label. The word depression is really scary, it's a very terrifying diagnosis, but luckily, one that can be treated. If you're not sure, it's always a good idea to see a counselor or psychologist.
Anonymous
December 19th, 2015 1:32am
of course. if you ask, you already have one. try some sample tests online, those tell you whether you are depressed or not. if they say you are, then meet more friends and make yourself busy.. with anything.. that's the ONLY way. trust me.
chewy18
December 19th, 2015 7:07am
Yes. I've been there, and I've seen friends there - when you're in the midst of it, it can be easy to live in denial/think it's 'just a phase'. Sometimes it does take your friends/family to point it out to you by laying down all the facts, and sometimes you realise it in hindsight, after you've gone through it.
Charrlee
December 19th, 2015 8:56am
Can you be depressed and not know it... I think you can be unconscious of your current mental state, yes. I think it can sneak up on you and if you are unfamiliar with such a concept it can take you by surprise one day when you understand what it is you are going through and how you are responding.
Anonymous
December 19th, 2015 5:13pm
yes, you can be depressed and not know it. You not knowing it usually depends on how you respond to it. Everyone responds differently to depression.
Anonymous
December 19th, 2015 5:35pm
I think so... especially if you don't know what the symptoms are! or only pay attention to certain ones. In fact, my most recent episode went largely undetected until it was well underway because, in part, I did not feel the suicidal urges that had accompanied previous ones. After quite some time I decided to take a screening test I'd used before and was astonished by the high score!
AmarG
December 20th, 2015 7:22am
Yeah. It can happen. In our busy life, we don't give much time to ourselves. We stop doing our favourite things. We sleep a lot. So, it can happen.
Shikamaru42
December 23rd, 2015 12:18pm
I think so. Depression can be an insidious disease, so it might stay unnoticed for some time or be confused for something else.
iouty
December 23rd, 2015 2:46pm
Yes, you can. Sometimes depression can be hard to diagnose, especially because there are different severity's.
Anonymous
December 23rd, 2015 3:50pm
Quite often then not, most people don't realize when they've gotten a mental illness because it's something that builds up, rather than something that just occurs in a day. However, people who are very emotionally close to you will often see the signs of depression and so, if they suggest seeing a psychiatrist, it would be best to go in for an appointment because it's better to be on the safe side :)
Anonymous
December 23rd, 2015 8:13pm
Yes it is possible to be depressed and not know it. It happens to many people. But if you want to know if you are depressed then talk to a doctor or to somebody else about it.
Anonymous
December 23rd, 2015 11:36pm
It is very well possible that someone can be depressed and not know it, there are many different symptoms of depression, you don't need to have them all to be depressed, just a few.
Anonymous
December 24th, 2015 2:28am
It's possible to experience depression as severe apathy and fail to identify it as depression because you associate depression with intense sadness rather than with numbed emotions.
Elfrulus
December 24th, 2015 5:20pm
Absolutely. Depression can be a mood, a spiral of negative thoughts. One big aspect of depression and one reason it goes without diagnosis so often is people don't know they have it. Accepting you have depression and going to get help for it is half the battle to beating it.
thelittlepsychologist
December 24th, 2015 7:03pm
It's possible. Some individuals display symptoms of depression that don't necessarily articulate "normal" depression. Irritability and anxiety are two symptoms that can present themselves when depression is oncoming and these don't seem like regular depressive symptoms for some people.
Anonymous
December 24th, 2015 10:52pm
yes, there are many kinds of depression. depression where your continuously depressed, or the kind where you are only depressed sometimes
Anonymous
December 24th, 2015 11:43pm
I believe that people can be depressed without knowing it because they can be so used to the feeling of sadness that they feel like this is their life and how they feel and maybe that everyone else feels that way.
CosmicStranger
December 25th, 2015 1:59pm
Yes, because depression came all about sadness at first but then it becomes so often and used up that you are not aware of the impact of sadness it has on you anymore but you still take it as the one true sadness you learned before. but as what they said that too much of everything is sad and change is not change but an evolution, on this point it is sadness evolved into depression before you know it.
Greatlistener87
December 25th, 2015 3:51pm
Yes you can. But to be sure do talk to someone that can help you clarify how you feel and how you can help yourself.
politeDreamer76
December 25th, 2015 5:57pm
It is possible. There are some signs that are visible but you may not connect it to depression. Best thing to do is to talk to a professional who could listen to your experiences and reasons and correctly diagnose you and provide you with the help or support you need
Anonymous
December 25th, 2015 9:17pm
Yes, sometimes people don't realize it. They just ignore the signs. Sometimes the signs aren't obvious. Sometimes they've been depressed for so long, they think it's normal.
Anonymous
December 25th, 2015 10:32pm
Yes , totally you can feel depressed and not know it at all , because depression doesn't always have the same symptoms we are all different and go through it differently
jonathonloves
December 26th, 2015 2:53am
Anybody can be depresses an not know it some times so yeah you can I believe on you guys everybody does a great job
nifamomile
December 26th, 2015 5:34am
Yes, you can. Most likely because you don't know yet the term for the hollow feeling of sorrow that haunts you. Or probably because you're taken in by the stigma that says to have depression is to be weak so that you tend to deny or rationalise it.
kawaakari
December 26th, 2015 1:36pm
Yes, that's possible. I was depressed for a very long time while being completely unaware of it. I didn't realize until my psychology professor sat me down through an evaluation.
Cash889
December 26th, 2015 11:41pm
It's very possible. A lot of people can dismiss their symptoms as just having a rough patch or similar when actually they're dealing with a much bigger problem which is chronic or acute depression. I would say that if your loved ones start to comment or you start to feel like it's bigger than what you can handle, seek out a psychologist to work through it instead of risking it on your own.
kindheartedKitty71
December 27th, 2015 9:00am
You can be depressed and just think you might be sad etc. thats totally possible. But if you think you might be depressed you should talk to someone..
prakrat24
December 27th, 2015 3:45pm
yes, its possible.One does not know until he looks at his routine, behaviour, and his thoughts..Everybody feel depressed at some point of their life..
Nikita9876
December 27th, 2015 9:50pm
I think sometimes you don't realise that you're depressed, because you think it's normal and everyone is feeling down sometimes. So yes, I think that's possible. If you think you're depressed, you should deffinitely see a doctor.
radiantFlute19
December 27th, 2015 10:25pm
At first yes, but then you will begin getting feelings, or thoughts, that your normal self wouldn't. That is when you need to seek help.