This is a very relevant topic in this current time as we deal with this pandemic and all of the negativities that comes with it. I don’t think we’ve begun to see the mental impact that this is going to have on us long term. Drug manufacturers are having a hard time keeping up with the demand for antidepressant because more people are being prescribe antidepressants to help with the situation.
And it makes sense. Look at what we’ve got. Long-term social isolation and disconnectedness, loss of life and economic ruin. Any of these things by occurring by themselves can set you back emotionally, but all of them simultaneously can fill you with apathy making you not want to go on. Does that mean you have depression?
Not necessarily. Depression is an emotional state. Major depressive disorder is an illness. As humans we’re reactive. But not every negative reaction is an illness.
Levels of Functioning
Life’s problems never seem to get out of hand for you and you’re even sought out by others because of your many positive qualities.
Mild anxiety related to a stressor like an exam
Worrying about finances after losing your job
Having symptoms that are expected reactions to a stressor like trouble concentrating after you’ve had an argument with someone
Some trouble sleeping
Trouble meeting personal or work/school responsibilities because of thinking problems or poor motivation
Occasional panic attacks
Some conflicts with coworkers or relationship problems
Feeling suicidal, being unable to keep a job
Having no meaningful relationships
Severe obsessional rituals
Neglecting personal hygiene
Being frequently violent
Being unable to work because you can’t get out of bed
Making a suicide attempt
Global Assessment of Function Scale GAF scale
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