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Tamara, Counselor & Psychotherapist
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I have a question. im just talking to my friends and they

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hello. i have a question. im just talking to my friends and they are telling me that ive been acting weird these last few days and one of them thinks i may be falling into depression. i admitt im feeloing different and not very lively but how do I know if its depression or just a temp rut?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Tamara replied 7 years ago.
Hi there. I'm sorry to hear that you aren't feeling your best. In order to be truly diagnosed with depression, you must have five or more of the following symptoms for the same 2 week period: 1) Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day; 2) Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all or most activities, nearly every day; 3) Significant weight loss or gain; 4) Insomnia or hypersomnia nearly every day; 5) Psychomotor agitation or retardation nearly every day; 6) Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day; 7) Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt nearly every day; 8) Diminished ability to think or concentrate nearly every day; and 9) Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.

Since your feelings are just over the last few days, you wouldn't be diagnosed with depression - but that doesn't mean you aren't depressed. It may just be a short term funk or rut, and you may be feeling better soon. If you aren't doing better within a couple of weeks, you may want to talk with your Dr. or see a therapist.

Best wishes, and please let me know if I can answer any further questions. Tamara
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