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Depression. - October 6th 2012, 08:51 PM

So, I have some questions about depression.

- Is it worth getting tested for it (even if you have only shown the symptoms for a few weeks)?

- What happens when you are diagnosed with depression?

- Can you just have depressive 'episodes' that go away after a while? And if so, how long do they usually last for?

I live in the UK - I understand that things differ between countries - and I got the contraceptive implant fitted a month ago (would this have something to do with the depressive moods)?

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Re: Depression. - October 6th 2012, 09:04 PM

There is no test for depression, it is diagnosed based on what symptoms you do or do not have, the circumstances around the mood, and how long it lasts.
When someone is diagnosed with depression they usually take medication and/or go to some form of therapy.
Depressive episodes vary in length depending on the person. Major depressive disorder usually requires a length of at least 2 weeks, but that doesn't mean if yours aren't that long that you shouldn't go to the doctor.


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Re: Depression. - October 6th 2012, 09:53 PM

Hi RosieJ.

Depression isn't an illness that can be tested through blood tests etc. It's a mental illness and has to be diagnosed by a medical professional such as a psychiatrist. Since you live in the UK, you'd have to see your doctor who might agree to refer you to a Mental Health team. This means you'd be able to get support with or without a diagnoses from a community psychiatric nurse, specialist social worker or a primary mental health worker. However, these professionals can not diagnose you but they can liaise with the psychiatrist and you should be able to have several appointments with them to. It could take several appointments for the psych to assess you and your mental health to make a diagnoses which could be depression or another mental health illness. However, some mental health illnesses aren't normally diagnosed until a certain age. And not everyone who see's a mental health professional such as a community psychiatric nurse has a mental illness, but they just have poor mental health which they need help in managing.

Depression is something that lasts more than few weeks. You can still seek help now, but it might be a case that your doctor decides to support you on their own for now since it has only been a few weeks and asks you to come back in a few weeks time to see how you're doing then.

If a person is diagnosed with depression, this means medication can be suited better for the person and different types of therapy may be thrown in to the picture.

Some people tend to have depressive episodes or mood swings which can be severe. Depressive episodes can also be a symptoms of another mental illness which is one of the reasons a psychiatrist won't diagnose a person in their first appointment. They need to get to know you, what's going on for you and your thoughts and feelings and symptoms, over a certain time period, to understand your mental health and to make a correct diagnoses.

As far as I know, the contraceptive implant fitted a month ago can trigger problems with a person moods. I don't know a lot about this though and this is something I would suggest you discuss with your GP.

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Re: Depression. - October 7th 2012, 03:00 AM

- Is it worth getting tested for it (even if you have only shown the symptoms for a few weeks)?

- What happens when you are diagnosed with depression?

- Can you just have depressive 'episodes' that go away after a while? And if so, how long do they usually last for?

I live in the UK - I understand that things differ between countries - and I got the contraceptive implant fitted a month ago (would this have something to do with the depressive moods)?

Yes it most definitely is worth getting a psyche analysis if you thik you have depression, no matter how long you have had symptoms.
Depends on the therapist you go to, they have different ways of dealing with it.
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Re: Depression. - October 13th 2012, 03:35 AM

-I don't think it's worth it..I found out I was depressed by a test the school made us do about depression..
-ugh I don't know how to answer this questions..sorry
   
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