6 Conditions That Feel Like Clinical Depression But Aren’t


2e503ef3c30738e85e847238e0c34babIf a person went to his primary care physician and complained of symptoms of fatigue, guilt, worthlessness, irritability, insomnia, decreased appetite, loss of interest in regular activities, persistent sadness, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide, I am pretty sure he would leave that office with a diagnosis of Major Depression Disorder (MDD) and a prescription for Zoloft, Prozac, or another popular Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI). After all, the guy has just cataloged the classic symptoms of clinical depression. However, those same symptoms belong to a variety of other conditions, as well, that require treatments other than antidepressants and psychotherapy, the two pillars of conventional psychiatric recovery today. They may certainly look and feel like clinical depression to the outsider, but they may require just a small tweak in diet or hormones. Here are six conditions that fall under that category.

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Therese Borchard
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  1. Mrs B

    Our daughter in law has complained of ” always feeling guilty, fatigue, insomnia, no appetite.” She is very beautiful to looks at but looks very sad. I am sure guilt plays a role. She purchases her cloths are Internet because she hates going to the malls & her clothes never fit her right. She suffers from anxiety attack. Her kids say mummy smells & she only takes a shower like every two weeks! She holds a Phd but has not worked because her self worth sits high on Pedestal! She does swim & runs. Her best sport is to write nasty emails. I don’t know if she had thoughts of suicide but I do fear her.
    Any daughter who would deny her own parents who had cancer see the Grandkids is either very sick or evil. I keep my distance but she can still make false accusation.

    Does any one know how to get her to see a doctor? My son surly does not.