Mild Depression

Mild depression can impact your quality of life. While everyone feels sad sometimes, recognizing a chronic depression can help you deal with it more effectively.

A persistent state of tiredness, fatigue, and general lack of well being may mean that you are suffering from chronic mild depression or dysthymia. Though the apparent effects and symptoms of mild depression may not be as severe as major depressive disorder, they should still be identified and dealt with. 

The term mild depression can be misleading in the sense that it may be considered to imply a "minor" form of depression, as opposed to major clinical depression. But keep in mind that mild depression is a chronic, and still serious condition and can be identified by a range of symptoms. 

Mild Depression Symptoms 

The various symptoms of mild depression include: 

  • Diminished levels of energy when performing daily activities
  • Persistent feeling of tiredness and lowered self-esteem
  • Compromised ability to make a decision
  • Lack of focus and concentration while doing regular daily tasks
  • Feeling irritated frequently
  • Having a sinking feeling of hopelessness all the time
  • Experiencing recurring guilt and regret  

Factors and causes of mild depression 

Mild depression may be caused by chemical changes in the brain.  You may also be genetically inclined to experience mild depression if there is a family history of depression.  

Treatment for mild depression 

Treatment for mild depression usually includes antidepressants like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or simply SSRIs such as Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft. However, studies have shown that SSRIs could cause serious risks such as suicidal thoughts, especially in teenagers. Pregnant women who take such drugs are also putting their unborn babies at risk for developing heart defects. Therefore, any prescription drugs should come from a licensed professional at all times and should never be taken without proper medical advice. It may also help you to re-examine your lifestyle choices, and reduce some of the external stressors that may be responsible for your condition.  

By: Jourdan Rombough