Major depression lasts for two weeks and could be a symptom of something deeper.
Everyone has mood swings, especially when you're going through a stressful period in your life. But is it possible that those moods swings could be more than just stress? Here are some ways to tell if your symptoms are indicators of something deeper.
The Symptoms Have No Obvious Triggers
If you're feeling depressed, and it lasts for longer than two weeks, this is considered a major depressive episode. If something happens that causes grief, such as the loss of a loved one or being diagnosed with a terminal illness, then the symptoms could just be a byproduct of the event. However, if nothing has happened to trigger the grief, these symptoms could relate to something deeper—major depression, chronic depression, or bipolar disorder being a few possibilities.
Learn About the Symptoms
One way to figure out if your symptoms are indicators of something deeper is to do your research. Learn about the basics of disorders that cause mood swings. Some of the major mood swings include manic, hypomanic, and depression.
Hypomanic episodes can cause you to be irritable, feel self-important, and be more talkative, as well as easily distracted. With manic episodes, you can have difficulty sleeping, less self control, and hyperactivity. Depression is characterized by a depressed mood most of the time, a disinterest in things that you used to find enjoyable, as well as fatigue. If you have periods of each of these, it could indicate bipolar disorder.
The Effects Are Long-Lasting
As mentioned above, symptoms will last for a longer period of time. For depression, symptoms last at least two weeks. Hypomanic episodes last at least four days, while manic episodes last at least a week. For those with bipolar, the length and severity of the symptoms indicate what type you're actually dealing with: Bipolar I, Bipolar II, Mixed Episodes, or Rapid-Cycling.
Your Behavior Is Atypical
When trying to figure out whether something deeper is going on, consider whether your recent behavior is out of the norm for you. Are you more irritable and more likely to snap at those around you? Are you more hyper and easily distracted? If possible, keep a journal of your behaviors so that you can use it when you meet with a counselor, therapist, or online psychic.
Others See a Difference in Behavior
If you're not sure whether you're behaving differently, ask friends and family whether they have seen anything that concerns them. It might not be as obvious to you as it is to them. If you're not sure what is causing the difference in behavior, consider getting a psychic reading. This reading can help you figure out if your symptoms relate to something you've suppressed that needs to be dealt with, or if there is something deeper going on that may need medical help.
By taking the time to really analyze your behaviors and figuring out what could cause them, you can have a better understanding of whether the symptoms are indicators of something deeper.
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