Updated: Oct 13, 2020
So we have been talking quite a bit about mental health. But how do you know if what you are experiencing is normal life or there is something more to it?
Let’s start with depression. So there is society’s definition of depression—being so deep you are almost in a hole that you cannot dig yourself out of; not wanting to get out of bed and just hide under the covers all day long; not eating or showering for days. Yes, this is depression. But so is: easy fatigability, over eating, not being able to focus, trouble sleeping—these can all be signs of depression. Here is a link to the PHQ-9, which is a depression screening tool. If you score more than 5 points, you may have medically defined depression.
The GAD-7 is a screening tool for anxiety. You will see that there is quite the overlap for questions, as depression and anxiety have significantly overlapping symptoms.
There are many other screening tools for mental health, psychosis, bipolar, etc. This is a link with many other screening tests.
Please, if you feel that you are struggling, talk to your doctor—there are many different options to help your quality of life!
…until next time, IrishDoc07