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Feeling Low?

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Quick Quiz To Know Yourself

While people often club the two together, being sad is a common condition that’s easy to get past, while depression is far more serious. Are you just sad or seriously depressed? Take this quiz to find out, says Dev Goswami

1.  When do you usually feel the lowest?
a) Whenever something goes wrong.
b) Whenever I am free and have time to ponder over my life.

2.  Do you feel bad when you have no plans for the weekend?
a) Yes.
b) Plans? I don’t have the energy to make any plans!

3.  Does the thought of going to work every day make you feel as though you’re depressed?
a) Not really. Only when things are bad at work.
b) Usually, yes.

4.  How long does it normally take for your mood to improve?
a) I am normally fine after a good night’s rest.
b) It’s hard to keep track — my mood keeps changing!

5.  Do you often feel guilty about the mood you are in?
a) No. I know that they are caused by factors that are out of my control.
b) Yes. I think that I am the reason for the situation I am in.

Mostly As There is nothing wrong with you — and deep down, you probably already know it. The frequent bouts of sadness you go through are completely normal, and are simply a reaction to things not going your way. Sometimes, the feeling of being low can last for long, but more often than not, your mood improves in a short while. Stop overthinking when it comes to the things that get you down and accept it as part of life.

Mostly Bs We recommend that you seek professional help — or at the very least, talk to a loved one or someone you trust. Sadly, yours is a case of more than just the blues. You seem to feel low even without any external stimuli, and that is something that you must take seriously. While depression can be tough to deal with, it’s definitely curable — all you need is to recognise that you suffer from it and take corrective measures.

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