Quiz: Are you depressed or just sad?: The Major Depressive Disorder Quiz: HowStuffWorks
Are you depressed or just sad?: The Major Depressive Disorder Quiz
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There are a lot of misconceptions regarding sadness and major depressive disorder (MDD). Knowing the differences, causes and treatments can lead to a better quality of life for you or someone you know. So how much do you really understand about the condition?
Everyone experiences this:
Sadness is an emotion felt by everyone at some point but major depressive disorder -- also known as clinical depression -- is experienced by a smaller, though significant, portion of the population.
People with major depressive disorder will:
One of the myths associated with major depressive disorder is that those who experience it will never feel normal again. That's not true. With help, they can be 100 percent again.
True or False: There is no difference between sadness and major depressive disorder. Major depressive disorder is just a fancy name.
Sadness and major depressive disorder share some common traits but also have some clear distinctions.
Researchers believe the percentage of the population dealing with major depressive disorder ranges from:
Some researchers estimate that 5 to 8 percent of the population battles major depressive disorder, while others say it may be as high as 20 percent.
A simple blood test will reveal whether or not you have major depressive disorder.
A doctor can make an evaluation based on a variety of factors, but there is no laboratory test for major depressive disorder.
If you have major depressive disorder you will experience:
You may gain or lose weight, become sleepless or sleep excessively and become sullen or angry. It's also possible to experience combinations of all the above.
The duration of the symptoms has no bearing on whether or not you have major depressive disorder.
One of the key distinctions between sadness and major depressive disorder is the length of time a person feels depressed. Major depressive disorder lasts for more than two weeks.
This is NOT another name for major depressive disorder:
Bipolar depression is not the same thing as major depressive disorder. MDD may also be referred to as unipolar or clinical depression.
People with major depressive disorder often experience manic periods in which they're extremely confident and energetic and then suddenly sullen and morose.
Mania is not a component of major depressive disorder but is a characteristic of bipolar depression.
If you're a woman, the odds of you having major depressive disorder are:
Research indicates that females are more likely to experience major depressive disorder.
True or False: Major depressive disorder has nothing to do with your character or will power.
Regardless of what societal stigmas suggest, people who have strong character and will power are just as likely to have major depressive disorder as anyone else.
What physical condition can lead to major depressive disorder?
Corns or swollen tonsils may be aggravating, but it's a malfunctioning thyroid gland that can cause major depressive disorder.
This type of abuse can lead to major depressive disorder:
Abuse of any kind can eventually lead to major depressive disorder.
This is NOT a brain chemical associated with major depressive disorder:
Methyl tertiary butyl ether should never be found on or near your brain.
How much research has been done in the field of depression?
Much research has been done, but there is still much to learn.
A job loss can make you sad, but it can't lead to major depressive disorder.
A layoff can trigger major depressive disorder. A death or divorce can also lead to the condition.
This is NOT one of the treatments for major depressive disorder:
If a doctor wants to pump your stomach because you're dealing with major depressive disorder, you'll want to get a different doctor.
This nerve is stimulated using a battery as part of a treatment for major depressive disorder:
During surgery a battery is implanted to stimulate the Vagus nerve.
Major depressive disorder will make you sad, but it will never make you angry.
People with major depressive disorder may become easily agitated, as well as particularly sad.
The good thing about major depressive disorder is that you can shake it off if you simply concentrate hard enough.
Major depressive disorder is a serious condition, and anyone who says you should shake it off doesn't understand MDD.
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