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Am I depressed?

It isn’t easy to define or describe, since each person develops and experiences depression differently.
A “Yes” answer to either or both of the questions below suggests that you may already be depressed or may be at risk of becoming depressed.

Have you been feeling down, depressed, sad or blue for at least two weeks every day for most of the day?

Have you lost interest in-or stopped getting pleasure from-the things that normally interest you or give pleasure?

Because symptoms can vary dramatically from person to person, a GP visit is considered to be a good place to start. However if you would like to initially get some understanding of where you are at the assessment tool below can be helpful.

Different forms of depression that I treat:


Major Depressive Order

You might have this type of depression if you feel depressed most of the time for most days of the week.


Persistent Depressive Order

If you have depression that lasts for 2 years or longer, it’s called persistent depressive disorder. This term is used to describe two conditions previously known as dysthymia (low-grade persistent depression) and chronic major depression.


Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a period of major depression that most often happens during the winter months, when the days grow short and you get less and less sunlight. It typically goes away in the spring and summer.


'Situational' Depression

This isn’t an official psychiatric term, but you can have a depressed mood when you’re having trouble managing a stressful event in your life, such as a family death, a divorce or a loss of your job. Your doctor may call this “Sress Response Syndrome”.