In the last 25 years, you probably heard of depression if you have been listening to a radio or watching a TV. You can’t miss the drugs advertisements that treat it(‘ Depression hurts’). Depression is the common cold of mental disorders, since it affects so many people during their lives. If you don’t have a mild case in your life, at least, I bet you know a loved one. And while some mild feelings of depression may be a common part of modern life, major depression is a more severe and debilitating condition.
Depression overtakes your life and becomes the center of your life. Nobody wants that, and it feels like a black hole that you can’t get out of it (not point). And the insidious part of depression, unlike a broken arm, is to take away the desire to receive treatment.
We go to their family doctor before most people seek care in these days for a mental disorder. Family doctors typically recognize the signs of depression and help a person obtain adequate treatment and treatment. But sometimes they misdiagnosed depression when it’s really something else, because a person or their doctor’s symptoms are not related to depression (such as weight change or insomnia, the most obvious symptoms of depression). Most mental disorders are similar to these symptoms.
As with many mental disorders, depression has a list of symptoms that you can recall. There are nine general symptoms of depression, including those associated with other conditions. What if someone could clarify the requirements for depression and make it easier and quicker to diagnose?
Leaving it to some untimely Down Under researchers to do just that. Andrews and so on. al. (2007) of the usual 9 signs, the diagnosis of depression has been reduced to only 5:
- Depressed mood (feelings of sadness or being blue)
- Lack of interest (in activities that you previously enjoyed)
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Poor concentration
- Thoughts of death
Across two analyzes, the researchers found that 99.6% and 96.8% of patients who meet the criteria for 5 or more of the 9 conventional symptoms often fulfill the restricted criteria for 3 or more of the 5 psychological symptoms. According to the researchers, diagnostic precision was maintained by using the condensed collection of 5. And since 5 sets of symptoms are easier to remember than 9, even primary care physicians should also be more accurate in this diagnosis.
Could this limited set result in an over-diagnosis of depression when researchers say a person would be diagnosed with depression correctly with only 3 criteria (out of 5) compared to the current 5 (out of 9)? Maybe, but that would have to be something more analysis.
The biggest problem with mental health is not overdiagnosis (despite the media hysteria of overdiagnosis of ADHD that happens occasionally) it is underdiagnosis. We don’t bother to talk about their feelings or mood with a therapist because they are nervous, unsure, humiliated or scared.