Can you call yourself depressed even without diagnosis?
Last Updated: 02/05/2019 at 11:19pm
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You can call yourself depressed without diagnosis. Depressed is a feeling, the same as sad, angry, hurt, confused, etc. For example, if you are very sad one day and you are crying and just feel very unmotivated, you may say that you feel depressed. However, saying you have depression is something completely different. Depression is a mental health disorder, something that needs to be diagnosed by a doctor or mental health care professional. Saying that you have depression without being diagnosed is like saying you have a flu without going to the doctor, it may not actually be true. It is always best to get the opinion of a professional before making assumptions about your mental health.
I believe that yes, you can consider yourself depressed, even without diagnosis from a doctor. You know yourself and your body. If Its giving you signals that match depression, you may be depressed. Of course, you should go see a medical professional if you think your depressed, or having suicidal thoughts/actions, but you are the only one who truly knows yourself.
You are definitely the only person that knows yourself best. However, labeling yourself as depressed (especially without diagnosis) is inadvisable. It gives you a permanent sense of negative identity since you only label yourself as "depressed". Also, it might bring your moods down even further, and see things in a very negative light, which is definitely not someone will want.
Absolutely!! Every human feels depressed sometimes!! You don't have to be diagnosed with depression to be depressed, just like how you don't have to have anxiety to feel anxious. It's a human emotion that everyone has, so yes, it is perfectly fine to call yourself depressed! Just so long as you don't state that you have depression, that's a different issue.
You can call yourself depressed without a diagnosis. Acknowledging how your feeling is important and can show insight. However, if your depression is interfering with school or work, they may ask for a note or letter providing evidence that your ability to work is currently impaired. If you think you may be depressed, it is important to speak with a professional that can help you figure out what is going on. The professional can also help to make a plan to get you feeling better.
It depends what you mean by 'depressed', The definition of depressed is to be in a state of unhappiness and despondency so in that case you don't have to be diagnosed with depression to consider yourself 'depressed'.
When you search up depression, typically it brings up, "clinical depression, or major depression" while depression in and out of itself must be identified by a healthcare professional. Depression is a serious mental illness and can be life threatening if left undiagnosed. While stating simply that you feel depressed. Anyone can feel that way, so technically you can feel depressed without having depression. Stating simply you are depressed is generally okay, of course if you feel that you have suicidal intentions or any actions that harm yourself or another you should immediately talk with a trusted Adult and seek medical diagnosis. Overall to answer your question you can call yourself depressed, just you cannot say, "I have depression" without diagnosis.
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