Severity Of Depression

What Causes Severe Depression?

Severe depression can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose severe depression, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "severe depression" as a symptom.  For example, depression.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
antidepressant drug use
mood swings
depression in family members
being very skinny
prednisone use
poor reaction to cool damp weather
premenstrual abdominal bloating
attempting suicide
frequent unexplained sadness/crying
frequent bizarre dreams
loss of interest in activities
pre/menstrual depression
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of severe depression.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate suffering from depression, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Whether you have depression now, past depressive episodes or both, how severe is/was it?
Possible responses:
→ Not applicable / don't know
→ Mild - I can mask it as needed
→ Moderate - I am still able to function
→ Serious - it affects all that I do
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate episode(s) of mild depression, episode(s) of depression or episode(s) of deep depression, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Depression.
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