More health information on me.. hope to a better future ahead cant fix the past

Dysthimia, major depressive disorder and double depression.. AKA.. Me

So I guess the puzzle pieces of the hell Im going through may be

completing a puzzle.. now to figure out the next step. Scarry when you’ve had ALL the symptoms daily for about a month now..
including the thoughts and a lapse of alcohol abuse… now someone get me away from the ledge and get things right to make me right and better for my future , cant fix the past although makes sense too.

sthymia also has some symptoms that may not occur with major depression. The hallmark of dysthymia is the length of time that it persists. In adults, dysthymia is diagnosed when the symptoms continue for two or more years; in children or teens, the symptoms last for a year or more. You probably won’t have the symptoms every day. You may feel good for a few days or even a month at a stretch, but the symptoms always come back. This particular characteristic of dysthymia contributes to the perception that this is “just the way I am.” It also tends to wear us down and lead to thoughts of suicide. Although you may not hear much about dysthymia in the popular press, it is a serious condition that needs to be treated.You may have dysthymia if you have the following symptoms for at least two years (adults; one year in children or teens):
Sad mood
Difficulty sleeping (or sleeping too much)
Appetite or weight changes (increase or loss)
Feelings of worthlessness
Feelings of hopelessness
Thoughts of suicide
Difficulty motivating (feeling like everything is a chore)
Loss of interest in things that you used to enjoy (including sex)
Being sensitive to or fearful of rejection
Irritability or anger
Restlessness (especially in children)
Unexplained aches and pains (headache, backache, stomachache)
Abuse of alcohol, medications, or illegal drugs

What Is Major Depression?

Major depression or clinical depression is one of several mood disorders. Although many things can trigger an episode of major depression, the end result is that the brain’s chemical balance becomes unbalanced. There really is no difference between major depression and clinical depression. This type of depression is also called unipolar depression, as differentiated from bipolar depression, which is the depressive .

What Are the Symptoms of Major Depression?

There is a fairly wide spectrum of depression symptoms. A person does not have to have all of the symptoms to be diagnosed with clinical depression. Only a doctor or mental health professional can diagnose depression. If you think you are depressed, see your doctor.
feeling sad or empty
feeling anxious
feeling hopeless
feeling guilty
feeling helpless
feeling worthless
loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
decrease or loss of sex drivetiredness, loss of energy
difficulty making decisions, concentrating or remembering
difficulty sleeping; waking up early; sleeping too much
change in appetite and/or weight (loss or gain)
feeling restless or irritable
thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts or planning
unexplained aches and pains (headache, backache, stomachache, etc

What Is Double Depression?

Double depression occurs when someone with dysthymia experiences an episode of major depression. Often, dysthymia is first diagnosed because the person has a superimposed episode of major depression. It takes the more serious symptoms of major depression to spur a person to seek help. The treatment goal in double depression is to get the person feeling better than he or she felt before. That is, to treat both the episode of major depression and the underlying dysthymia.

How Is Double Depression Treated?

Treatment for double depression is virtually the same as that for major depression. However, because people with double depression have often not been treated for their dysthymia, the goal of treatment is to get the person to feel better than she did before the episode of major depression. Medications are almost always needed. Psychotherapy of some type  (e.g., cognitive, behavioral) is also essential in treating double depression. Once you find a therapist, you can map out the treatment plan that is best for you. Every person’s treatment plan will be unique, taking into consideration that person’s unique background, circumstances, and preferences.More to come

Author: Dana Gidner-Kristal

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