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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Depressed Mood

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced depressed mood. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Depression

    Depression is a mental disorder in which a person feels constantly sad, hopeless, discouraged, and loses interest in activities and life on more days than not. These symptoms interfere with daily life, work, and friendships.

    Depression's course is highly variable, and it may last weeks, months, or years.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, headache, anxiety, irritability
    Symptoms that always occur with depression:
    depressed mood
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Seasonal Affective Disorder

    Seasonal affective disorder is mood disorder marked by seasonal onset. While summertime sadness is possible, the vast majority of seasonal affective disorder begins in the winter and resolves by summer.

    This disorder is seasonal and likely to resolve within a few months.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, difficulty concentrating, weight gain, sleep disturbance
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Holiday Blues

    The holiday blues is a mild form of seasonal affective disorder.

    The holiday blues are seasonal and last no more than a few months.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbance
    Symptoms that never occur with holiday blues:
    severe sadness
    Urgency:
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  4. 4.Substance - Induced Depression

    A depressive episode is a mental disorder in which a person feels constantly sad, hopeless, discouraged, and loses interest in activities and life. These symptoms can be triggered by the use of, or withdrawal from alcohol, drugs or certain medications.

    Any mood changes due to substance or medication withdrawal should dissipate within a few weeks (no more than a month) of stopping the use of the substance.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, depressed mood, irritability, anxiety
    Symptoms that always occur with substance-induced depression:
    depressed mood, substance-induced depressed mood
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  5. 5.Pregnancy - or Childbirth Related Depression

    Depression is a mental disorder in which a person feels constantly sad, hopeless, discouraged, guilty, and loses interest in activities and life on more days than not. These symptoms interfere with daily life, taking care of your baby, work, and friendships. Postpartum or peripartum depression occurs in mothers or future mothers and is linked to pregnancy and childbirth.

    Depression's course is highly variable, and it may last weeks, months, or years. Therapy and/or medication can be highly beneficial.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, loss of appetite, impaired social or occupational functioning
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Mild Bipolar Disorder i

    Bipolar disorder, which is sometimes called bipolar affective disorder, is a mental condition where a person's mood swings between two extremes. One extreme is called depression, where people feel low, sad, and blue. The other extreme is called mania, where people feel high, elated, overjoyed, and are full of energy.

    Bipolar disorder I is a chronic (lifelong) mental illness.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, irritability, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping
    Symptoms that always occur with mild bipolar disorder i:
    periods of feeling very energetic and needing little sleep
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

    Premenstrual dysmorphic disorder is a condition that occurs 5-11 days before menstruation that causes depression-like symptoms, where you have depression-like symptoms, irritability, and tension.

    Symptoms of premenstrual dysmorphic disorder can be managed with a healthy lifestyle. In severe cases, antidepressants may be useful.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, stomach bloating, anxiety, depressed mood, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps)
    Symptoms that always occur with premenstrual dysphoric disorder:
    impaired social or occupational functioning, symptoms of depression, anxiety and emotional lability
    Symptoms that never occur with premenstrual dysphoric disorder:
    constant sadness, disapearance of periods for over a year
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Hypothyroidism

    Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped organ inside the neck, no longer produces adequate levels of hormones. Thyroid hormones are essential for many bodily functions including breathing, heart rate, and metabolism.

    Most cases of hypothyroidism require lifelong hormone replacement therapy.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, weight gain, muscle aches
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Fibromyalgia

    Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread pain, tenderness, and fatigue.

    Fibromyalgia is generally a lifelong condition

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, arthralgias or myalgias, anxiety, depressed mood, headache
    Symptoms that always occur with fibromyalgia:
    arthralgias or myalgias
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Depressed Mood

  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Are you having difficulty concentrating or thinking through daily activities?
  • Q.Do you have trouble sleeping?
  • Q.Are you feeling irritable (easily made upset)?

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Depressed Mood Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced depressed mood have also experienced:

    • 8% Anxiety
    • 8% Fatigue
    • 3% General Anxiety (Stress)
  • People who have experienced depressed mood had symptoms persist for:

    • 62% Over a Month
    • 13% Less Than a Day
    • 11% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced depressed mood were most often matched with:

    • 57% Depression
    • 42% Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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