Follow Up Post: Closing the Curtains, How I Cope With My Bouts of Depression Part 2

Seiden's follow up is so important because it offers us clinical accuracy. So while we all may or may not suffer from mood swings or bouts of depression, we know officially and medically now what defines "major depressive disorder." Thank you, Sam!

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post called, Closing the Curtains: How I Cope with Bouts of Depression. It was a more personal essay, based on my own individual encounters with the tides of our moods. Luckily, one of my best friends and bridesmaids, professional counselor, Samantha Seiden, M.S, upon reading the post, wrote me some fabulous notes and feedback from a clinical/professional perspective. I find this to be a fascinating follow up to one of my more popular and what I consider important posts.

Seiden's follow up is so important because it offers us clinical accuracy. So while we all may or may not suffer from mood swings or bouts of depression, we know officially and medically now what defines "major depressive disorder." Thank you, Sam!

…and out of the rusty tub, came a tall and lush garden.

Seiden offers accurate and clinical insight:

I read it!! I liked it a lot. It’s good that you know what works best for you when you do feel like that/can prepare for it (like the example you used of coming back from trips). Additionally, the fact that you still manage your professional responsibilities can be effective, because just doing things and being active can be helpful. Which is good for readers to know. You also seem to manage some of the social challenges that can arrive with your mood swing. However, you did talk about the diagnosis of depression and mood disorders in general. To clarify, what you described would not be “diagnosed” as depression since it does not last at least 2 weeks straight (I am not saying you don’t feel depressed and have symptoms, I am just specifically talking about diagnosis).

A person can only be diagnosed with “major depressive disorder” when the depressive episode lasts at least 2 weeks straight among other symptoms. What you discussed was not major depressive disorder, but rather as you explained your own personal “bouts of depression.” Basically, while you and others who display your same symptoms do have depression, you alongside others would not be clinically diagnosed with it necessarily because in order to be diagnosed with “major depressive disorder” the symptoms have to last 2 weeks straight. But once again another great article!!!
Seiden’s follow up is so important because it offers us clinical accuracy. So while we all may or may not suffer from mood swings or bouts of depression, we know officially and medically now what defines “major depressive disorder.” Thank you, Sam!
Seiden's follow up is so important because it offers us clinical accuracy. So while we all may or may not suffer from mood swings or bouts of depression, we know officially and medically now what defines "major depressive disorder." Thank you, Sam!

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Samantha Seiden, M.S currently works full time as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Miami, specializing in Sex Therapy, Anger Management and Couples Counseling. For more on Samantha Seiden, M.S. you can visit her website, www.sextherapy.miami.
If you feel like you may have depression, talk to a counselor about your concerns, or  for 24 hour help, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK  

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