A Less Serious Form of Depression
Mild Depression is a type of depression that is persistent and lasts over a long period of time. The formal name for this type of depression is Dysthymic Disorder. It is a formally diagnosed mood disorder and millions of people suffer with this depressive disorder and go undiagnosed and untreated because their symptoms are more mild compared to clinical depression. Could you be suffering with a milder form of depression?
If you have the "blahs", are experiencing low levels of energy, and just don't feel excited about life then you may be suffering with mild depression. It is often written off as just simply feeling numb.
You don't really have clinical depression symptoms such as thinking about suicide, isolating yourself from others, or withdrawing from activities you used to enjoy. You simply don't feel that excited about things. If this describes you then you may very well be experiencing Dysthymia.
Lots of times, people with dysthymia go untreated beacause they simply don't feel bad enough to go get professional help. So, they suffer in silence. Not necessary! It's totally treatable and usually without taking depression medications. Instead, you can usually benefit from natural remedies for depression such as exercise, supplements like St. John's Wort, meditation and, in some cases, short term therapy. The good news is that, once you receive treatment, you will feel so much better!
Symptoms of Mild Depression
They symptoms for Dysthymic Disorder include the following:
Feeling slightly sad most of the time
Feeling a lack of enthusiasm
Eating more or less than usual
Sleeping more or less than usual
Experience low levels of energy - "the blahs"
Experience a low sense of self, low self esteem
Difficulty making decisions and/or concentrating
If you think you may be depressed, I suggest that you take a depression test to get more answers. I have several tests and questionnaires available on my site that should help provide you with some answers.
Please note though that it should not be used as a way to diagnose yourself. Rather, use it as a guideline to determine if you need to take additional steps to getting the help that you may need.
Again, this is not near as serious as other types of depression and can be treated successfully once diagnosed.
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