According to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition, which is used for diagnosis of depression, the following criteria must be met in order for diagnosis and treatment of depression to take place:
- You have had depression lasting over two weeks and consisting of at least five of the following symptoms:
- Fatigue; tiredness and low energy
- Change in appetite; loss or increase in appetite, with weight change of 5% or more without trying to lose or gain weight.
- Cognitive problems; trouble with organization and day to day functioning.
- Sleep problems; you either sleep too much or have trouble sleeping.
- Loss of interest; you are no longer interested in things that you used to enjoy.
- Guilt; you feel a lack of worth or guilty about something you have or haven’t done.
- Sadness; you feel sad, tearful and emotional most of the time and it is noticeable by you and, more importantly, others.
- Agitation; you are either very agitated or restless, or very slow, to the extent that others notice.
- Suicidal; you think about killing yourself or feel you would be better off dead.
- You meet the following criteria:
- The symptoms above are bad enough that they interfere with routines, work and social relationships.
- Your depression doesn’t have another cause, such as alcohol, drugs, side effects of other medication or illness. (although MS and some MS drugs can cause depression).
- Your depression isn’t a normal reaction to grief.
- Additional symptoms are irritability, headaches, stomach aches or general pain, decreased libido, uncontrollable crying.
Untreated depression is a serious condition, and can lead to suicide. Whether you have all of the above symptoms or a few of them, if you have MS and are feeling sad a lot of the time, ask a medical professional for help. It may be ‘just the MS’ or you may be depressed. If you don’t ask for help from a trained professional you may never know and you could be making your life a whole lot harder than it needs to be.
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