How Do You Separate the “stage” and ACTUAL Depression?

Question by beautiful & cruel: How do you separate the “stage” and ACTUAL depression?
I see so much questions “How do i know if i am depressed” and the answers follow “You are only a teen, you can get through it, its not depression”. How do you separate feelings of depression from that stage teens go through.
I am just curious..

Best answer:

Answer by katie
I’m not sure there really is a “stage.” I personally suffered from depression from high school, into college, and now as an adult. Some kids just are more intuned with their emotions.

MANY people suffer from depression without even knowing it, or admitting it. Some think you can grow out of it, but honestly, it is a chemical imbalance that can start at any mature age and last for a lifetime. I wouldn’t take any chances, and still seek help. Usually a guidance councilor can detect any real harmful signs of depression and point you in the right direction for seeking help.

There are different types of depression:

Major Depression:
The sufferer seems to walk around with the weight of the world on his or her shoulders. He or she seems disinterested in becoming involved in regular activities and seems convinced that he or she will always be in this hopeless state. There is a lack of interest in sexual activity and in appetite and a weight loss.

Atypical Depression:
Symptoms of atypical depression include fatigue, oversleeping, overeating and weight gain. People who suffer from atypical depression believe that outside events control their mood (i.e. success, attention and praise).

Psychotic Depression:
Sufferers of psychotic depression begin to hear and see imaginary things – – sounds, voices and visuals that do not exist. The hallucinations are not “positive” like they are with a manic depressive. The sufferer of psychotic depression imagines frightening and negative sounds and images.

Many people just walk around seeming depressed – – simply sad, blue or melancholic. They have been this way all of their lives. This is dysthymia – – a condition that people are not even aware of but just live with daily. They go through life feeling unimportant, dissatisfied, frightened and simply don’t enjoy their lives.

Manic Depression:
Manic depression can be defined as an emotional disorder characterized by changing mood shifts from depression to mania which can sometimes be quite rapid. People who suffer from manic depression have an extremely high rate of suicide.

Teen Depression or “stage in life”:
Yes, the teen years are tough, but most teens balance the requisite angst with good friendships, success in school or outside activities, and the development of a strong sense of self. Occasional bad moods or acting out is to be expected, but depression is something different. Depression can destroy the very essence of a teenager’s personality, causing an overwhelming sense of sadness, despair, or anger. With all this drama, it isn’t always easy to differentiate between depression and normal teenage moodiness. For some depressed teens, symptoms of irritability, aggression, and rage are more prominent.

Read up on it and don’t be afraid to ask a doctor on what the differences are as well.

Good Luck!

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