“This course is not sponsored by or affiliated with Udemy, Inc.”How to Identify Depression using a checklist test. Depression checklist to explore depression signs and depression symptoms. Methods of feeling better. Help for depression symptoms. Have you been feeling sad a lot lately, can’t seem to shake the blues? Do you know someone who has changed in some way, like no energy, lack of concentration, libido decreased? In this class we will explore the faces of depression. How do the mental health professionals determine if we are sad or are experiencing a Major Depressive Disorder episode? AND what do we do then? Are we stuck being sad for life, can we change the way we are feeling? Do we have to take medication to make it all better? What can we do to be the real US again.
Feeling sad, low energy, low libido, irritable can indicate you are experiencing an episode of Major Depressive Disorder. Notice the diagnosis is “disorder” this is not a mental Illness that is untreatable and maintained only with medication. It is a disorder and like physical flu can go away.
In this class we will be discussing Adult Depression. Depression presents itself differently in teens and children. Dysthymia is a depression that is milder than Major Depression and lasts for at least two years. Bipolar Disorder is also a Mood Disorder that usually includes Depression. In this class I want to explore Depression that is not dysthymia or bipolar disorder. This class offers a printable check list to determine if your sad is deep enough to be diagnosed as a Major Depressive Disorder Episode.
Depression can happen to anyone. It can be caused by a traumatic event, a change in body chemistry, or a sense of deep loss.
In some cases, an inherited family pattern can spark the depression. This is sometimes called a predisposition for depression.
Depression is usually caused by what we perceive as a traumatic event. Therefore, depression is not a preventable condition. If we understand our own depressive pattern or symptoms, we may then be able to take steps to thwart the onset of an episode.
To one person, trauma can be a huge, horrible event, but to another, it can be something more subtle.
Each person has his/her own reality, so one person cannot determine if a specific event was traumatic for another person. Only you can determine what feels traumatic to you.
If you, or someone you know, has been feeling sad most of the day and can’t seem to shake that down feeling, perhaps you, or that person, has Major Depressive Disorder.
While sadness touches all of our lives at different times, the illness of depression can have enormous depth and staying power.
If you have ever experienced depression or been close to someone who has, you know that this disorder cannot be changed at will. It cannot be wished or joked away either. It is not just the blues, and you cannot just “get over it.”
Sometimes when people are depressed, it feels like they are up to their neck in mud. Everything is a huge effort.
One person may feel sad and break into tears easily. One might pick at food without any appetite, and another might want to eat constantly.
Depression symptoms are not universal, so each person will experience depression in his/her personal way.
In this class we will explore many aspects of depression. You can print out the check list and monitor yourself or someone else. If your depressive mood is light, you may get relief from the natural remedies offered here.
Mostly I would like to leave you with the understanding of depression and erode the stigma attached to the experience.
My wish is this class will normalize any depressive episodes you have had or are having and give you direction for relief, be it in the natural remedies, understanding the etiology of your depression, or consulting with your doctor about medication. Depression can change the chemistry in your brain and it sometimes takes a chemical to change it back.
Depression examination. Let us explore your symptoms with our DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of of Mental Disorders) based check list. If you find you have five or more yes answers to the symptoms below, you are probably experiencing a Major Depressive Order. If there are more than five yes answers your episode may be in the severe range. If you have printed a copy of this check list, make an extra copy and you can check your symptoms at a later date to see how you are doing, or share this check list with a friend.
Depression Check LIst. Let us explore your symptoms with our DSM (Diagnosic and Statistical Manual of Mental DIsorders) based check list. If you find you have five or more yes answers to the symptoms check list, you are probably experiencing a Major Depressive Order. If there are more than five yes answers your episode may be in the severe range. You can print a copy of this check list. Make an extra copy and you can check your symptoms at a later date to see how you are doing, or share this check list with a friend.
Answering “yes” to five or more of these symptoms indicates you are having Major Depressive Disorder.
Some clinicians today believe that depression is caused by a combination of things, biological (including a possible predisposition to depressive episodes), social, and psychological factors. Treatment which focuses exclusively on one of these areas may not as helpful as a treatment that which addresses all three of them. Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Depression complementary and alternative therapies, such as herbal treatments, exercise, relaxation or meditation exercises, and acupuncture are all possible solutions for depression. My advice would be to address all areas of yourself, physical, mental, social, personal relationships, and emotional. Share with your Medical Doctor and or Naturopath any other therapises you will be seeking. Interaction of herbs, suppliments, and medication is a possibility. If you seek the help of alternative medicines make sure they are authentic and quality care. Also, your doctor may be able to offer advice about that particular alternative therapy.
Feeling sad, having low energy, having a low libido, or being irritable can indicate an episode of Major Depressive Disorder. Notice the diagnosis is “disorder.” This is not a mental illness that can only be treated and maintained with medication. It is a disorder, so just like a physical flu, this disorder can go away. Depression is not a permanent condition.
Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Depression complementary and alternative therapies, such as herbal treatments, exercise, relaxation or meditation exercises, and acupuncture are all possible solutions for depression. My advice would be to address all areas of yourself, physical, mental, social, personal relationships, and emotional. Share with your Medical Doctor and or Naturopath any other therapises you will be seeking. Interaction of herbs, suppliments, and medication is a possibility. If you seek the help of alternative medicines make sure they are authentic and quality care. Also, your doctor may be able to offer advice about that particular alternative therapy.
Self assessment multiple choice. How many symptoms did I have and didn’t realize they were depression
If we are caring about someone experiencing Major depressive disorder, asking about their suicidal thoughts is a must. Depression can solicit suicidal thoughts.
We can prevent depression by staying in touch with our feelings and being assertive about our needs and personal boundaries.
In addition, we can also engage in some depression-prevention activities.
* Stay active:.
* Stay connected with friends and family:
* Find somewhere to talk:
* Other activities: Find an activity that you can enjoy without the help of others.
* Care for your physical health:
Depression can lead to feelings of suicide and needs to be taken seriously.
If you don’t know what to do for yourself or another person, reach out to the professionals.
If you are experiencing depression and would like to pass on the medications, or try some natural non-chemical remedies first, try these.
It has been my experience that they do little to lift a depression that is more than five yes’ on the depression check list.
But, it does not hurt to try or even add them to the medication.
Sometimes, a lot of the time, talking about what is bothering you can give you a little hope and make a big difference in the depression level.So getting some counseling with a professional or talking to a friend who is able to just listen and not feel they have to FIX it for you can help to lift the depression.
Print out the check list for depression. Take notice of how many yes answers you have. If 5 or more it is an option to talk to your primary care physician about medication. You can consult with an herbologist or naturopath doctor about remedies that are natural and not chemical. What is your first choice?
Depression can happen to anyone. It can be caused by a traumatic event, a change in your body chemistry, a sense of deep loss around something, or even because you have inherited a family pattern, or what is sometimes called a predisposition for Depression. Feeling sad, low energy, low libido, irritable can indicate you are experiencing an episode of Major Depressive Disorder. Notice the diagnosis is “disorder” this is not a mental Illness that is untreatable and maintained only with medication. It is a disorder and like physical flu can go away.
Yvonne Sinclair M.A., LMFT, CAMS1, CDVS1
*Licensed Marriage Family and Child Counseling-CA, *Certified Anger Management Specialist, *Certified Domestic Violence Specialist, *Masters in Counseling Psychology,*Director of Lincoln Counseling Center, Lincoln, CA, *Certified Sand Tray World Play Therapist, *Author, *Webmaster.
Hi! I am Yvonne Sinclair. This year marks my fiftieth year in the healing professions. I have been teaching anger management and revitalizing the lives of couples since 1993. I have training and expertise in abuse counseling. I am the author of several court ordered classes on my website. In my private practice I work with parents, foster parents, co-parenting for divorced parents, single parents, and grandparents caring for grandchildren.
I have seen a little of life and my life experience and successful career assist in knowing what tools you might need to acquire the relationship happiness you are seeking.
After 30 years in the physical healing professions, I realized healing our inner self was of utmost importance. Physical health is affected by our emotional health and vice versa. I listened to my patients tell about relationship, family, and personal concerns. I did not have the knowledge to help them and decided I wanted to do just that. I am now a Licensed Marriage Family and Child Counselor in California with a Master in Counseling Psychology.
My need to change my life work and the adventure of completing that process helps me support clients in their need for change. I have lived on a farm, and in a city. I have both been married and lived alone. I have had a soul mate connection and a bad choice for relationship. I have lost a love and know the deep pain that accompanies that loss. I am a parent of two children and a Nana of four. I have been a parent, step-parent, and foster parent.
The Reason I Became a Health Professional
Being a healer, whether physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental, is a rewarding path. Assisting others in finding their inner true self, their "muchness" is what I am all about. I enjoy watching another soul discover they are wonderful, worth loving, and outstanding. Guiding that soul to themselves is a joyful ecstatic experience for me.
It makes my day to be contacted by former clients to be told they are doing wonderfully well. I will welcome the chance to add you to the successful clients I have known.