Mild Depression - Discussion

Depression as a disorder is well known in its manifestation, but sometimes mild depression may not be recognized for what it really is. A mild depressive disorder would present with pretty much the same symptoms as most depressive conditions; however the symptoms are less prominent and may miss detection.

In cases of mild depressive disorder, the criteria for classification in the diagnostic tests are all met in terms of categorizing it as a depressive disorder, but the symptoms may be milder and fewer in intensity and frequency.

Though barely discernable, the symptoms of mild depression are detectable and certainly have an impact on the day-to-day functionality of the individual suffering from the condition; his / her activities will most definitely be impacted. Some of the symptoms are a noticeable lack of interest in things that the person usually finds enjoyable and engaging, as well as extend to neurotic episodes, phobias, obsessions, etc.

A mildly depressed person is recognized universally by the characteristic and unmistakable body language of stooped, defeated posture, lethargic movements, and this is not merely associated with humans alone across all cultures. Animals like dogs and monkeys, too, demonstrate the same body language when low.

There are various terms that have become part of common parlance to describe the mildly depressed state, such as “case of the blues” or “hangdog look”. In most such cases, the mood or feeling will pass, and it is easy to bounce back to a state of equilibrium and even-mindedness. However, when the “blues” stretch for a few days or weeks and is accompanied by associated symptoms of poor appetite, insomnia, excess sleep, fatigue, loss of drive and energy, as well as inability to enjoy activities, then this will then move into the category of full-fledged depression.

A person with mild depression is likely to carry on with normal activities even though he / she may appear low in spirits and less alert and sharp in their responses to everyday situations, in their thinking abilities, or general interest levels. Their activities may get limited to only those things that they absolutely must do, bringing their range of activities to the barest minimum.

In some cases of people with mild depression, their daily activities may just be restricted to going out to work and essential care for dependants and family. Their attitude to these tasks will be that of someone who is compelled to do the same, and they will derive very little satisfaction or joy from them. Also, they will tend to become upset with themselves for not coping as well they perhaps did earlier at the same tasks, in the pre-depressive phase.

In a study conducted, a whopping 40% of the population in the UK reported feeling sad or blue occasionally during the preceding year, out of which 9% experienced mild depression. A large portion of the young generation report being depressed in current times, more than they did a decade ago.

The pressures of modern living inevitably lead to depression, touching our lives in some way or the other, either through the experience of a friend, relative or family member going through depression, or via personal experience.

Listed below are some simple tips that can help one cope with mild depression:

  • Any form of physical exercise is known to alleviate depression, especially those which involve rhythmic and repetitive actions such as bouncing balls, jogging, skipping rope, etc; also, housecleaning and gardening. Any physical activity for 20-30 minutes can help relieve mildly depressive states.

  • If you feel a case of the blues coming on, being more involved in whatever you are doing, expanding your experience of the immediate environment, also helps alleviate mild depression. Activities like walking, reading, talking to a friend over the phone, etc, help in averting an impending bout of depression.

  • Stay positive and make efforts to visualize positive scenarios and outcomes. Being kind to yourself and complimenting yourself for little goals accomplished helps, rather than being self critical, which will exacerbate the condition.

Please note that the aforementioned are tips and suggestions and cannot substitute professional help, which is a good idea if the condition develops.








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