Having a depressed mood, at times, can be normal. However, if a person’s mood is depressed either without reason or, with a reason, is more depressed than might be normal, then their depressed mood should get assessed by a qualified mental health professional.
It is very important to note that a depressed mood is merely a “symptom”. Because depressed mood can be part of many different psychiatric disorders – and even some medical disorders – having a “depressed mood” does not mean a person has “Depressive Disorder”. Similarly, as the symptom of a cough can be due to everything from having a cold to pneumonia or lung cancer – and the treatments are quite different – having a cough merely means you have some problem that needs to be addressed – not that you have “cough disorder”. As there are many possible causes, it is important to get an expert assessment of depressed mood.
IMPORTANTLY, No person with depressed mood should be given an antidepressant by anyone other than a psychiatrist if they answer yes to any of the questions on the Mood Disorder Questionnaire http://www.dbsalliance.org/pdfs/MDQ.pdf or my modified version of the Mood Disorder Questionnaire.
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