Linked Diagnoses- Depression

Depressed people are sad and “blue” most of the time (APA, 2000). They tend to lack energy or the motivation to do even the most basic of tasks. This can lead to poor hygiene, loss of employment, and financial difficulties (APA). They may overeat or pick at their food. In many cases these individuals have trouble either sleeping too little (insomnia) or oversleeping (hypersomnia)(APA). In extreme cases the individual may begin to have suicidal thoughts and make plans to kill themselves.

It is important to remember that being depressed is a normal emotion that everyone experiences at one time or another. This is even truer for people who had one or more distressing experiences. Depression becomes problematic when it becomes habitual or prevents the individual from functioning in society as they should (APA, 2000). When this occurs steps must be taken to move the individual from where they are to where they need to be.  Some common diagnoses associated with depression are: Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymic Disorder, Bipolar I & II, Schizoaffective Disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder. Individuals with PTSD also have a higher prevalence of suicidal ideation, so those close to them must carefully consider what these individuals say about their situation. This may be their only warning before they take steps to end their lives.


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