Depression is a medical diagnosis. But depression is often confused with ordinary fatigue and bad mood. Although these signs can signal that not everything is in order with the body.
Depression is a collection of symptoms that a person has observed for two or more months. If today you have a headache, you want to sleep and you are not in the mood, everything can be explained by weather conditions, lack of sleep and PMS. But if this condition is observed daily for a long time, you need to contact a specialist. The most common signs of depression include: a bad mood; insomnia; lack of strength to lead a normal life; apathy to what is happening; lack of appetite and weight loss; pains of unknown origin.
The most dangerous thing is when a person attributes this condition to banal fatigue. It is difficult for people to admit that their condition requires medical intervention and control. And the doctors will have to visit. And first of all, make an appointment with an endocrinologist in order to exclude thyroid diseases that give similar symptoms.
If the endocrinologist, based on the results of the analyzes, did not reveal the disease, it is necessary to go to an appointment with a psychotherapist. This is where many start to stupor and denial: "I'm not crazy." But a psychiatrist works with a wide range of diseases, not just purely psychiatric diagnoses. And when diagnosing depression, the psychotherapist also prescribes medication.
For the rapid diagnosis of depressive conditions, you can use the Beck scale test. This is the most accessible method for the initial determination of your condition. You can take the test online on specialized Internet resources.