Is there any clinical finding to diagnose depression and anxiety..else it will be find out by the behaviour of the person.also want to know the difference between mood swings and depression...advance thanks
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Depression and anxiety can be diagnosed with analysis. Also with the behavior of the individual these can be diagnosed. Mood swings depends on situations and hormone secretions as well. Depression depends on the thinking pattern of the individual. Hope this helps.
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It is always advisable to visit a psychologist for diagnosis rather than self diagnosis.
If you are not a psychology student, please don't analyse with what you read in the internet.
Clinical depression is diagnosed based on certain set of symptoms, particular nature, duration and pattern of these symptoms including the impact on the person. Symptoms are usually like low mood, low energy, motivation, reduced interest, enjoyment, anxiety, negative thoughts, problems with sleep and appetite etc. Mood fluctuations are just situational, temporary and with not much of impact where as depression symptoms are usually pervasive and for at least 2 weeks with impact on some aspects of life.
I will try to answer your query in following parts.
A. Depressive disorder is diagnosed by using clinical methods. In a depressive disorder the cardinal feature is persistent low mood or irritability, lack or loss of interest in pleasurable activities, lack of enjoyment or pleasure, negative thoughts about past, present and/or future. There could be more symptoms or atypical presentation hence if you have a suspicion about a mental health ailment, please seek a consultation to assess and confirm the diagnosis.
B.The depressive disorder is also likely to be apparent in behavior of person. However some persons may have a depressive disorder but may appear normal from outside. Such presentation may be misleading or may be missed by family or friends.
C. Mood swings is term used for fluctuations in mood from low to irritable to happy etc. Mood swings may be present in persons not suffering from any psychiatric illness also (specifically in teens or persons in stress), or in illness like depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality, dementia, brain related or neurological disorder etc.
Hope this helps you.