What's the Difference Between Mild Depression and Severe Depression?

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The one thing we want to remember about depression is that depression is an illness that occurs on a continuum ranging from milder levels to very severe levels. One thing we see over that continuum as it gets more severe is how much more the person's life is paralyzed. For example a person with mild depression will probably report that they are having trouble sleeping, that they are feeling sad, that they don't get pleasure out of life than the way they used to.

That they they are sort of pulling away from their life a little bit but they are still able perhaps to go to work, to take care of their kids, to take care of their home, to be some what present in their relationships. As depression gets more and more severe what we see is that it's impact on day to day life becomes more severe to the point where the person can no longer work, can no longer maintain relationships and may not even really be able to take care of themselves anymore.

For example stop taking medication that they need to keep themselves healthy or even keep themselves alive. And so as depression gets more severe. Sometimes we even view it as getting more vegetative, meaning that the person really isn't even eating right anymore. They really aren't sleeping or they're sleeping too much, and they simply can't take care of themselves or others so much so that they might even need far more severe intervention.

The one thing to keep in mind is that one great tool to remember is that to start treating depression when it's mild can often keep it from becoming too severe. So what becomes key is that when a person's starting to feel depressed they shouldn't just write it off as having a bad day but to go and seek out the help and services that they need so this depression doesn't spiral into something that really takes their life out of control.