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Monday, June 08, 2009 Hope, Community Member, asks

Q: Levels of depression

What are the levels of depression and symptoms from mild to severe. How do you know if you need inpatient hospital care. I am seeing a therapist and taking meds but always wondered when do you know if you are in over your head? Thankyou

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psychoward1, Community Member
6/ 8/09 3:36pm

This is a really good question because it tests the boundaries of what society believes to label the levels of depression. What one professional considers mild depression, another might feel is just a bad series of days, another might see it as something completely different. This does not include Anxiety symptoms.

As far as my research goes I have found 2 classifications for Depression:

 

1. Mild to Moderate Depression.

This category includes symptoms like self-doubt, poor peer relations, negative self-concepts, 

poor adjustment, poor coping skills, low self-esteem, and social withdrawal.

 

2. Major to Severe Depression.

 

This category is explained as loss of emotional expression (flat affect); a persistently sad, anxious or empty mood; feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness; social withdrawal; unusual fatigue, low energy level, a feeling of being slowed down; sleep disturbance with insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping; trouble concentrating, remembering, or making decisions; unusual restlessness or irritability; persistent physical problems such as headaches, digestive disorders, or chronic pain that do not respond to treatment; thoughts of death or suicide or suicide attempts.

 

How do you know when to seek more serious treatment beyond medication and therapy? 

When you start thinking about harming yourself or others. If you are thinking of suicide as an option and/or causing harm to others.

 

I am sure that others have thoughts on this as well and will hopefully interject them.

 

I think that the main thing is you have to on one hand be patient with your treatment, but at the same time ask yourself is this helping?, am I getting better?

 

Keep the community here involved, keep asking questions, keep reaching for what you want to achieve.

 

Pat

 

 

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Hope, Community Member
6/ 8/09 4:25pm

Thankyou for your reply.You have been helpful since i signed to this site.I am now asking many questions about my treatment and medicine. I am changing the person who prescribes my medicine because you can never get her on the phone. One time i was having a bad reaction to a med it took her 3 days to get back to me. I must have called 10 times. I was also told by her maybe you are going to have to live with your fatigue a few weeks ago. IT is worst than when i first started to see her. I am down to taking wellbutrin 300xl daily and klonopin up to 1 mg daily. I would like to discontinue the klonopin but i will ask my new psychiatrist about this. My goal is no meds anymore. I tried to quit klonopin cold turkey once and it was hell. Even the road back site said to taper your klonopin. Klonopin is like heroin I

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Hope, Community Member
6/ 8/09 4:25pm

Thankyou for your reply.You have been helpful since i signed to this site.I am now asking many questions about my treatment and medicine. I am changing the person who prescribes my medicine because you can never get her on the phone. One time i was having a bad reaction to a med it took her 3 days to get back to me. I must have called 10 times. I was also told by her maybe you are going to have to live with your fatigue a few weeks ago. IT is worst than when i first started to see her. I am down to taking wellbutrin 300xl daily and klonopin up to 1 mg daily. I would like to discontinue the klonopin but i will ask my new psychiatrist about this. My goal is no meds anymore. I tried to quit klonopin cold turkey once and it was hell. Even the road back site said to taper your klonopin. Klonopin is like heroin I did

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psychoward1, Community Member
6/ 8/09 4:56pm

Sounds to me like you have the situation in control. Keep talking to your psychiatrist and everyone here. The klonipin might be tough one to kick so you might want to start taking the vitamins before you quit so you have a build up. but who knows what works. I have used so many different vitamins, and everyone is different.

 

Pat

 

 

 

 

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Hope, Community Member
6/ 8/09 7:17pm

Thanks for the support. I feel it would be good to straighten out my personal life before i go back to work. If that is possible. I do not want to go back to the old ways of work,sleep,work sleep,on and on I want to start having a life outside of work.Thankyou

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psychoward1, Community Member
6/ 8/09 7:29pm

It would be nice to be able to just find a job in this city.

Im already on emergency unemployment.

3 jobs posted on the employment board today.UGH!

 

Pat

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Hope, Community Member
6/ 8/09 9:19pm

I have been out of work for 4 months.I have a friend who has been out of work for over a year. I am not sure how long you can collect. They have been increasing the number of weeks you can collect due to the highest unemployment rate since the great depression.My paper has about 5 job listings there used to be 100s of listings. I guess we have to just hang in there. Thanks for your help

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By Hope, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/24/10, First Published: 06/08/09