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How can I know I'm really depressed?

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Last Updated: 04/28/2020 at 10:39am
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September 8th, 2015 3:54pm
Hello there :). Well, if you are having ups and downs in life, that is normal, that's a part of everyone's life.... However, if sadness, despair and emptiness won't go away then you probably have a type of depression. And yes... it doesn't go away, you can't just sleep it over or wake up completely happy, remaining that for the rest of the day like you normally can. It's constantly there, for months, sometimes even years... Of course there are depression tests and if you think you may have depression from what I've described, it may be a good idea to visit a proffesional. Hope I helped, Best regards,with respect, Corvius
June 27th, 2017 6:20pm
Always seeing a professional can help with this. A good rule of thumb is if it affects your quality of life then there may be an issue that the professional can help you with. Also if nothing else has changed as far as your eating, sleeping, or other activities and habits then checking with a professional can help rule out any physiological medical related issues.
January 24th, 2015 5:30am
Look at what you do on a daily basis or you interests and when you start losing interest in things you used to do. For me I used to draw, play the clarinet, write poetry, lastly is getting out of bed.
April 25th, 2015 1:31am
The best way is to seek professional help. Online tests and research aren't meant for diagnosis by any means, so I definitely recommend that if you suspect you're depressed, a professional can diagnose and help you through it.
May 7th, 2015 11:10pm
Right now, the only way to be officially diagnosed with depression is to see a mental health professional.
May 20th, 2015 6:09am
You will only know for sure if you speak with a licensed doctor or psychologist. Self-diagnosing is often incorrect.
May 27th, 2015 7:32am
you can take some tests online, but they are not 100 % true. But start doing that and then you can go to your doctor and tell how you feel and tell about the test too
June 5th, 2015 5:25pm
If you are having symptoms of depression, you need to go and see your local GP or doctor, and explain your systems and concerns. Then, he can provide you with support, help, they may do assessments to see if you have depression, and if you do you may be refereed to counselling or you may be put on depression medication. Here at 7cupsoftea, it is not up to us to determine whether or not you have depression, as none of us are trained in the medical world, and if we are that's not our job on 7cupsoftea. I would highly recommend you visit your local GP or doctor.
June 22nd, 2015 12:49am
When you cry fo no reason,when you sometime you are so sad and the same time so happy,it is not ok u have to scream for help
June 30th, 2015 9:29pm
The only way is to consult with a physician on the matter. The physician will get some information from you, and determine whether or not you should be diagnosed with depression or not.
July 7th, 2015 4:27am
Visit a doctor, psychologist, counsellor or therapist and they will be able to officially diagnose you.
August 25th, 2015 5:20am
You'll know your depressed when you always feel down or sad even with may have enjoyed reading but now just don't want to even try might sleep all the time.sometimes you get angry for no reason. alot of things weigh in to being depressed these are just a few.
February 29th, 2016 6:52am
Well, some signs of depression are tiredness, feeling blue, you just need to know where to look to find the symptoms.
June 26th, 2016 6:06am
If you don't want to see your doctor, which is understandable, maybe take some screening tests online and keep a journal to see how consistent your feelings are
July 18th, 2016 6:37am
You can know whether or not you are really depressed based on the symptoms. Did the sadness come suddenly or after an event? Depression usually doesn't have a cause.
August 2nd, 2016 5:59am
You can know if your really depressed when your sadness is over a long period of time and thingies tend to not cheer you up.
August 16th, 2016 10:58pm
When you don't want to do anything and find it hard to do daily tasks. Getting dressed, out of bed, showering, ect
July 10th, 2017 3:34pm
Depression is often characterized by often feeling of sadness. Dark, negative thoughts seem to never leave your mind. You can not eat or you eat too much. Also, sleep is hard to achieve or you are waking up through the night. If depression is more developed you find little joy in things you used to love.
January 15th, 2018 7:39am
Lack of sleep, not eating much, crying a lot, sick a lot, not in the mood to do regular things you enjoy
April 16th, 2018 8:08pm
Only a profession can really diagnose you. However, everyone’s experience with depression is differently
July 16th, 2018 5:15pm
Are you unable to feel happy? Are you not able to sleep well? Is there a change in your appetite? Do you feel lonely? Do you feel exhausted and tired? If there is a yes to these questions, try talking to someone about this and go to a professional for further help.
April 28th, 2020 10:39am
Someone who is depressed will experience a low mood which remains low for longer than 2 weeks & things that normally would have given pleasure in the past no longer do , along with some other, but not necessarily all, the following symptoms - sleep disturbance often waking up exhausted and feeling worse in the morning, may overeat or loose their appetite, have feelings of worthlessness and guilt, feel lethargic or agitated, lack energy or motivation, feeling tired inspite of enough sleep hours, and if allowed to go on the person may develope thoughts of self harm or even suicide. Its often described like being in a dark tunnel with no light at the end of it. But there is with the right therapy and help! I was that soldier!!