Do you think depression is over-diagnosed these days?

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  • Do you think depression is over-diagnosed these days?


Answer #1 | 23/12 2013 03:57
No... for one, to be diagnosed with something like major depression, your symptoms must have persisted for 6 consecutive months. So again, no. It's diagnosed on a time scale, hard to over-diagnose.
Answer #2 | 23/12 2013 03:58
at times they can be and i think so many just say o im depressed just cause there sad they say that and so yes i do actually think its over diagnosed. just cause ur sad dont nessicarly mean oh ur depressed its more then sadness its something bigger then that far worse.
Answer #3 | 23/12 2013 07:54
I do think that one word to describe a whole family of conditions is wrong. It is important first off to make the distinction between depression and stress. Stress has a reason, whereas depression has not. If someone is fed up and unhappy about a bad situation, it is a perfectly normal reaction and it is not depression, nor is it a mental illness. A capable psychologist could provide various techniques to work around it, but a lot of it is to do with life counselling. Too many of us, myself included, are not sufficiently skilled at handling everyday life, and therefore everyday crises tend to bring us down. Much of it is to do with developing self discipline, character, resilience, and fitness, and these things can all too often be taken for granted or attempted to be magicked out of the survival instinct. It is why we have parents and teachers and youth leaders. The tougher the situations one is likely to encounter, the more rigorous has to be the training. This is why army boot camps are so demanding. This is why in Sparta they sent kids out on to the mountains to learn survival skills. Depression happens when one cannot handle stress, and there are after time modifications to the brain chemistry that render normal life difficult, even after the stressful situation has lifted. It is not normally rational or reasonable, so demanding someone "shake themselves out of it" or burden them with guilt, is not helping. This is where psychiatric intervention is required. Psychiatrists cannot and should not replace depression with blanket euphoria, where suffering is totally banished. All that is reasonable is to restore the brain to a normal state, where stressful situations are still uncomfortable and unpleasant, but they can be dealt with. It should be followed up by life counselling to provide the skills necessary to prevent that stress from causing depression again. Depressions can be mild, or they can be so serious that any activity is impossible, and everything in between. One should not expect a depressed person to be constantly bedridden to qualify - very often depression hits sporadically, as the brain itself changes by the cycles of the day, the month, the year and external stimuli. It can be managed by reducing the stimuli that cause trouble - the most well-known is the darkness of winter. Very often, it can give clues to lifestyle shortcomings, and many depressions are cured by exercise, good nutrition and a purpose in life. A reason for getting up in the morning switches off the night melatonin that would not be switched off if there was no reason not to get out of bed. My feeling is depression is actually under-diagnosed, but that the treatments of everyday care, as found in the traditional old-fashioned family and regular job, are far more effective than any medication, except in those cases where it has been allowed to drag on for far too long.

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