distinguish between different degrees
of depression. Below you can read
about these distinctions. You can
also read more about the different
symptoms of depression here.
Despite its name a mild depression
is painful. The symptoms of mild
depression are the following:
generally feel sad and lack energy
to carry out the chores that you
normally do. You might be able to
pull yourself together but not for
very long at a time.
The things that used to interest
you don't appeal to you as much
You are markedly tired and getting
a good night's sleep doesn't
can misinterpret the tiredness
and believe that you have got
a physical disease.
You can have diffuse physical
symptoms. That means that you
might feel pain "here and
there", feel dizzy and
a weight on the chest, etc.
If you have physical symptoms for
a prolonged period of time that
you cannot explain, they might be
caused by a mild depression. You
should therefore go to see your
The symptoms of moderate depression
are similar to those of mild depression
but the symptoms are worse and are
present almost all the time. You
are only able to pull yourself together
for very short periods at a time.
You are sad, lack energy and you
are not very interested in the people
around you. Your thoughts are revolving
around low self-esteem and feelings
of guilt, even though your family,
friends and other people around
you find it difficult to understand
why you have feelings of guilt.
also experience a lack of joy about
people or things that used to be
a source of joy. Your interest in
your family and your work is small.
Your level of concentration is greatly
reduced, and you are no longer able
to read books or keep up with reading
the newspapers or watching TV and
small decisions that daily life
presents seem insurmountable to
you. It can be difficult to decide
what you should buy for tonight's
supper. You don't feel like going
out or having visitors and just
want to be by yourself at home.
If you are suffering from moderate
depression, it is common for you
to have a twenty-four-hour variation
in your mood. That means that you
can feel lousy in the morning and
start feeling better towards the
don't sleep very well and don't
feel refreshed. You might find it
relatively easy to fall asleep but
you wake up after a few hours of
sleep and cannot get back to sleep.
Many people find lying awake in
the early hours of the morning the
biggest strain. You are completely
alone then with your sad thoughts.
You usually have a reduced appetite
in connection with moderate depression.
It is not uncommon for you to loose
5-10% of your normal weight.
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