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Your Depressed Mood May Also be Known as:
Apathetic
Bored with life
Cry a lot
Crying a lot
Crying all the time
Crying more frequently
Crying more than usual
Depression

Top 10 Depressed Mood Causes

  1. 1.Premenstrual Syndrome

    Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a very common condition. PMS has a variety of symptoms including cramping, mood swings, food cravings, fatigue, irritability, breast tenderness & depression.

    You may recognize this diagnosis on your own due to the of the timing of your symptoms. Treatment can involve decreasing caffeine, salt and/or refined sugar, increasing exercise, and reducing stress. If symptoms become more severe, a doctor may prescribe an oral birth control pill or an anti-depressant.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    stomach bloating, anxiety, constipation, breast pain, depressed mood
    Symptoms that never occur with premenstrual syndrome:
    constant sadness, severe sadness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Mild Chronic Depression (Dysthymia)

    Dysthymia, also called persistent depressive disorder, is a form of depression that is chronic. The causes of dysthymia are complex, and often are a combination of biological, genetic, and environmental factors. Dysthymia can interfere with everyday life, and people with this condition report feeling loss of interest in their daily activities, sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of energy.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will likely coordinate care with a psychologist or psychiatrist. Dysthymia is treated similarly to depression with therapy and antidepressant medication.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    depressed mood, fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbance
    Symptoms that always occur with mild chronic depression (dysthymia):
    depressed mood
    Symptoms that never occur with mild chronic depression (dysthymia):
    severe sadness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Non - Specific Depressed Mood

    Depressed mood can be a normal occurrence, many people have short periods in their lives when they feel down or sad. Your symptoms do not meet the criteria for a depression.

    You do not need to go see your general doctor or psychiatrist at this time; however, if you continue to feel blue or have additional issues, come back here and check-in as your diagnosis can change in time, which may require a doctor's evaluation and resulting treatment.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    depressed mood
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific depressed mood:
    depressed mood
    Symptoms that never occur with non-specific depressed mood:
    thoughts of suicide
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  4. 4.Recurrent Depression

    Depression, once diagnosed, can often recur with new episodes. Sometimes these episodes can be similar to ones in the past, sometimes the symptoms can be different. It's good to be aware off the fact that people who had a depression before, remain vulnerable.

    You should discuss your symptoms with your primary care physician or psychiatrist. Resumption of, or adjustment to current treatment is often needed.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, stomach bloating, loss of appetite
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Acute Stress Disorder

    Acute stress disorder describes changes in one's mood or memory for less than a month following an emotional or traumatic event.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who can do a thorough assessment and refer you to a psychiatrist if necessary. Treatment is mostly through counseling.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    trouble sleeping, irritability, anxiety, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating
    Symptoms that always occur with acute stress disorder:
    impaired social or occupational functioning
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.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.

    You may recognize this diagnosis on your own due to the of the timing of your symptoms. Treatment can involve decreasing caffeine, salt and/or refined sugar, increasing exercise, and reducing stress. A doctor may also prescribe an oral birth control pill or an anti-depressant.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, stomach bloating, anxiety, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), depressed mood
    Symptoms that always occur with premenstrual dysphoric disorder:
    impaired social or occupational functioning, hidden: affective symptoms pmdd
    Symptoms that never occur with premenstrual dysphoric disorder:
    constant sadness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Panic Disorder

    Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. It causes panic attacks, which are sudden feelings of terror without true danger. One may feel as if they are losing control or have physical symptoms like sweating or a racing heart.

    You should go see your primary care doctor, who can diagnose you by interview. Most people get better with treatment. Therapy can show you how to recognize and change your thinking patterns before they lead to panic. Medication may be beneficial.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, anxiety, abdominal pain (stomach ache), stomach bloating, depressed mood
    Symptoms that always occur with panic disorder:
    anxiety, impaired social or occupational functioning
    Symptoms that never occur with panic disorder:
    agoraphobia
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Symptoms of Menopause

    Menopause is the point in life where your period stops. This happens when the ovaries stop making hormones that keep your cycle going.

    Diagnosis doesn't require a blood test and completed menopause is defined as not having a period for the last 12 months. Treatment of symptoms includes diet and exercise, hormonal and non-hormonal therapies, and OTC medications as symptoms occur.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, vaginal discharge, trouble sleeping, muscle aches, anxiety
    Symptoms that always occur with symptoms of menopause:
    hidden: menarche status: perimenopausal or postmenopausal
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  9. 9.Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

    Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common hormone disorder characterized by irregular period, acne, and fertility issues.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss your symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal bleeding, fatigue, pelvis pain, painful periods, depressed mood
    Symptoms that always occur with polycystic ovary syndrome:
    oligo/amenorrhea or hyperandrogenism
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  10. 10.Vitamin B12 Deficiency

    Vitamin B12 is a vitamin crucial to healthy neurological and cardiovascular functioning. If deficient, symptoms include trouble thinking, anxiety, stomach issues, and weakness.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss your symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, racing heart beat, history of headaches
    Symptoms that never occur with vitamin b12 deficiency:
    menstrual period changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Depressed Mood

  • Q.Has your sadness gotten better or worse?
  • Q.How severe is your sadness?
  • Q.Do you have periods of feeling very energetic and not requiring much sleep?
  • Q.Are you having difficulty concentrating or thinking through daily activities?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our depressed mood symptom checker.

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Depressed Mood Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced depressed mood have also experienced:

    • 8% Fatigue
    • 7% Anxiety
    • 2% Trouble Sleeping
  • People who have experienced depressed mood had symptoms persist for:

    • 61% Over a Month
    • 13% Less Than a Day
    • 12% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced depressed mood were most often matched with:

    • 8% Mild Chronic Depression (Dysthymia)
    • 6% Premenstrual Syndrome
    • 4% Non - Specific Depressed Mood

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