Breaking down Depression/Anxiety

Chances areif someone is depressed it's because of their situation, right? Or if someone is anxious for something, they are teeming with excitement, right? Wrong on both counts. The reality is depression is something that doesn't come about because of a particularly stressful situation. What a situation does to someone who has depression is it increases it, or makes it known. Depression is having feelings of sadness because of loss or rejection in some form, but clinical depression is these feelings brought to a new level.

According to the Mayo Clinic, someone who is diagnosed with clinical depression has to meet at least five of nine symptoms over a period of two weeks. In that two week period, they must have the symptoms most of the day or all day. Those symptoms are:

  • Depressed mood (feeling sad, empty or tearful/constant irritability in children and teens)
  • Significantly reduced interest or feeling no pleasure in all or most activities they once found pleasure in
  • Significant weight loss with no change in diet. This includes: decrease in weight, increase or appetite. Children fail to gain weight.
  • Insomnia or increased desire to sleep
  • Restlessness or slowed behavior observable by others
  • Despairing thoughts, excessive or inappropriate guilt
  • Trouble making decisions, trouble thinking/concentrating
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, or attempted suicide

As it can plainly be seen from the above list, the symptoms of depression range from obvious to not so obvious.

The common mistake is to assume that when one is depressed, it's because of their situation. This was mentioned at the beginning of the article. While the situation may have merit for one to be depressed, it's not the situation that gives someone depression. It's merely the flashlight to shine on a mental disorder, that is clinical depression.

Situational Depression and Anxiety

Situational depression is normal to have when a serious relationship ends, or you lose your job, it's the feeling of sadness, of dejectedness.

Clinical depression differs majorly, although maybe not obviously, in the fact that you have feelings of depressionfor absolutelyno logical reason. This is what many people cannot fathom. If someone is depressed, it would be logical to assume that they are in a rough situation. The thing with the depression and anxiety is it defies logic.

What I personally have found with clinical depression/anxiety, is that they are two different mental issues with various strains if you will (I'm not trying to imply depression or anxiety is caught like the common cold).

It has been described as worrying about everything but nothing at the same time. A more accurate description could be that it's like worrying about everything but not having the drive or "feeling" like changing it. You still have that worry, that anxiety, but the depression keeps you from actively searching for a way to deal with that anxiety. It's tiring.

People that live with bipolar/manic depression aren't obvious if they have learned how to cope with it -- whether that means through psychiatry or medication, or a mixture of both. There's a reason why when people take their own lives, their co-workers, or those who are close to them say that they didn't seem the type.

People living with undiagnosed clinical depression don't realize that what they're feeling is not normal. Life could be great, but you feel worthless, sad, and an overall poor feeling on life. Get checked out. It's not weakness to get help, it is weakness to try to stick out something that's bigger than your situation.

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