Am I depressed?

I sometimes wonder if I’m depressed at the moment? If I am, then it is a mild level of depression because I am able to function Alhamdulillah.

So which of the signs and symptoms do I have?

  1. Feeling low – I do feel low about where I am in life.
  2. Lacking energy – this is my main symptom. I feel excessively tired all the time. I’m having to sleep a lot and feel like I have to drag myself along on placement.
  3. Struggling to concentrate – when people talk to me or when I am observing something, there is a lot of mind chatter going on in my head. But I’ve always been like this for as long as I can remember.
  4. My appetite is very suppressed at the moment. I don’t feel as hungry and can’t eat as much.
  5. I have lost a little bit of interest in my studies – but maybe that is due to the fact that I am repeating the year and am covering material I learnt before so learning isn’t as interesting as it was before.
  6. Lacking self esteem? – Hmm, not sure about this one. Maybe a little? I’m trying to teach myself that my self esteem should come from islam though. So that I can have nothing in life, but islam should be able to suffice me.
  7. Guilty? – Maybe a little bit for putting my friend through pain. But I am coming to forgive myself and I feel much less guilty than I did in the previous weeks, Alhamdulillah.

I do not have the following symptoms:

  1. Psychomotor retardation – slowing down so people can notice a change
  2. Loss of enjoyment – I can still enjoy myself when I’m with my friends/family.
  3. Suicidal thoughts – I still want to live Alhamdulillah. I still have ambitions 🙂
  4. Hopelessness – I do believe that there is the ability to get and be better. Allah allowed me to recover before.

So that is just a little medical analysis of my mind in light of the ICD-10 criteria for depression. It is in no way the complete picture but it’s just a way of considering my life and what I would like to alter inshaAllah.

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