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What's the difference between mild and severe depression? - April 26th 2010, 04:10 AM

I'm very confused. I've talked to my mother and my counselor, and both of them say it sounds like I have mild depression. I haven't, however, been completely honest. My counselor asked me at our last session if I had thoughts of harming myself, and I said yes, which is true. But I didn't tell her that I actually have harmed myself. And I haven't told her how powerful my suicidal urges are.

I've been asking around online about a problem I have, which is that I am unable to cry. I mentioned that I self-harm and have suicidal thoughts. A few of the people have said it sounds more like severe depression. I know they're not doctors, and I know they can't diagnose me, but now it has me thinking: what's the difference between the two? How bad is "mild depression" really supposed to be, and where would you draw the line between mild/moderate and severe? What exactly constitutes severe/major depression? Thanks in advance if you can clarify, because I'd like to know just how serious this is.

And by the way, I've started taking St. John's Wort. So far I've noticed no change, but it's only been a week. I'll give it more time. I just thought I'd throw that out there in case you were wondering if I'm on medication or not.
   
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Re: What's the difference between mild and severe depression? - April 26th 2010, 04:25 AM

Hrm, well I think the big difference between mild and severe depression is how many bad episodes you have and the severity, but I could be wrong.
   
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Re: What's the difference between mild and severe depression? - April 26th 2010, 06:05 AM

A simple confusion might lead to stress and depression..
but this may continue for a period of time if at all this problem is solved properly.
So don't push yourself.. be cheered up every one have problems in their life.
Take it positively..
   
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Re: What's the difference between mild and severe depression? - April 26th 2010, 10:02 AM

I have a similar problem, most of the people who REALLY know me, think I have depression, but my GP or counsellors wont diagnose me..!
I think for severe depression you need to have the symptoms for a longer period of time and more dangerous symptoms.


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Re: What's the difference between mild and severe depression? - April 26th 2010, 10:23 AM

It's hard to say really, but it probably depends on the severity of your episodes, how you feel generally and WHAT you feel/don't feel. Honesty is the best policy.
   
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