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AS@W Antidepressant Skills Workbook: Heling You Deal With Depression
What is Depression?

Most times when you feel down, you’re not depressed. Feeling sad or low is a big part of life and can’t be avoided. When something goes wrong in your life, whether it’s an argument with your partner, conflict with your boss, or a physical illness, your mood might drop.

Depression is not…

Most times when you feel down, you’re not depressed. Feeling sad or low is a big part of life and can’t be avoided. When something goes wrong in your life, whether it’s an argument with your partner, conflict with your boss, or a physical illness, your mood might drop.

If you feel especially sad or irritable because of this situation, maybe with poor sleep, not wanting to see friends or family, eating too much or not enough – then you’re probably experiencing low mood. Low mood will typically go away in a week or two, especially if there’s an improvement in the situation that started it.

Depression is…

But suppose it doesn’t go away and just gets worse. You might be depressed:

  1. if your mood is very low or you have almost no interest in your life almost everyday, and this feeling goes on for weeks; AND
  2. if you have other problems like:
    • big changes in weight or appetite;
    • not being able to sleep enough or sleeping too much;
    • feeling that you are always restless or slowed-down;
    • thinking that you are worthless or guilty;
    • feeling really tired much of the time;
    • feeling numb or empty;
    • having a lot of trouble concentrating or making decisions;
    • thinking about death or suicide.