Am I depressed?

Many people struggle with bad moods, But how do you tell the difference between a bad mood, and clinical depression? Here's a simple graphic tool I created to help you to self-assess your moods (see below). The area within the two middle black lines indicates normal mood range. You may find you fluctuate between being in a "bad mood" or "good mood" but on the whole your mood averages out over time. During very difficult times, your mood may even stay on the lower end of the normal range. The important question is: does your mood even back out over time? or does it go low, and then cross the line between "bad mood" and "depressed"? There are two basic types of clinical depression. The first is depicted by the blue stars that depict "functioning-but no joy". This is a flat, steady type of low mood that just FEELS different from a  normal "bad mood" and persists for a long period of time. When at this point it doesn't seem a if you "snap" out of it, into a more normal mood range, and your thinking becomes pervasively negative. The other type of depression is depicted by the lower set of blue stars labeled "Not functioning-shut down". Both types of depression respond to the right treatment. Click here to find out more about bad moods, depression and how counseling can help you sort some of this out.

By the way, the red stars indicate the opposite end of the mood spectrum, when your mood rises to, and stays in a range that is above a normal mood range. When you stay up in this red area for longer periods of time it may be an indicator of other types of disorders that involve "mania" (for example, Bipolar Disorder). These conditions are ALSO treatable! Contact me if you would like to discuss this further!