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Feeling Sad VS Clinical Depression

Depression is a term often used loosely to describe how we feel after a bad week at work or when we’re going through a breakup. But major depressive disorder - a type of depression - is much more complicated. There are specific symptoms that determine whether it’s depression or the sadness we all sometimes experience in life.

1. Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. A bleak outlook—nothing will ever get better and here’s nothing you can do to improve your situation.

2. Loss of interest in daily activities. You don’t care anymore about former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex. You’ve lost your ability to feel joy and pleasure.

3. Appetite or weight changes. Significant weight loss or weight gain—a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month.

4. Sleep changes. Either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping.

5. Anger or irritability. Feeling agitated, restless, or even violent. Your tolerance level is low, your temper short, and everything and everyone gets on your nerves.

6. Loss of energy. Feeling fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained. Your whole body may feel heavy, and even small tasks are exhausting or take longer to complete.

7. Self-loathing. Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. You harshly criticize yourself for perceived faults and mistakes.

8. Reckless behavior. You engage in escapist behavior such as substance abuse, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, or dangerous sports.

9. Concentration problems. Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.

10. Unexplained aches and pains. An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain.

* When everyone else sees the tattoo, they see " I'm fine" but from the person's viewpoint, it reads "save me".“To me, it means that others see this person that seems okay, but, in reality, is not okay at all,” the post reads. “It reminds me that people who may appear happy, may be at battle with themselves.” - Real Case by Miles, 2015.

Depression is a challenge, but it is a fact of life for many people. Raising depression awareness is good for individuals and for communities. By raising awareness, depression can now be seen as an illness, and it can be managed by treatment.

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忧郁 VS 忧郁症


1. 感到毫无希望,甚至无助感。

2. 对朋友,活动,兴趣爱好失去兴趣。

3. 胃口以及体重上的变化。明显的体重下降或上升,一个月里面有超过5%的变化。

4. 睡眠状态产生改变。比如失眠,早上会比平时早起床无法继续睡下去,或者是睡眠时间比一般过长。

5. 愤怒或者急躁。总是感到激动,不安,甚至变得暴力。你的忍耐力变差,脾气容易变坏,任何人和事物都能够刺激到你。

6. 精神不佳,觉得疲劳,行动迟缓,毫无力气。你整个身体变得沉重,甚至少量的任务都使你精疲力竭,或者需要更多时间来完成。

7. 自我厌恶。强烈的羞愧感,感觉自己毫无价值。你总是因为一些错误,猛烈地抨击自己。 8. 逃避行为。你表现出逃避行为,例如药物滥用,赌博,危险驾驶,危险运动等。

9. 注意力涣散。难以集中注意力,无法做决定,记忆力下降。

10. 莫名其妙的疼痛。身体问题增多,例如头痛,背部疼痛,肌肉酸痛以及胃痛。

*在别人眼中,纹身写的是“I'M FINE 我很好”,但是在当事人的角度看来,就变成" SAVE ME 救救我“。 ”这是一个真实发生的一位忧郁症患者难以启齿的求救信息。 实实在在的在表达出她在患上忧郁症后的心理挣扎;别人看来她并无异样,但她却在等待大家拯救。- (迈尔斯,2015)


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