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Depression, Anhedonia, and the Brain

Anhedonia, which refers to decreased ability to experience pleasure in normally pleasurable things, is a core symptom of depression; in fact, you can get a diagnosis of major depressive disorder without depressed mood if you have anhedonia. Anhedonia is a part of the melancholic features specifier for depression, as opposed to atypical features, which involves …

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Insights into psychology series: What is... melancholic depression

What is… Melancholic Depression

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week’s term is melancholic depression, also known as depression with melancholic features. The word melancholia comes from the Greek for black bile, part of the ancient four humours medical belief system. In the 5th century BCE, Hippocrates first identified melancholia as …

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The Rainbow Model of Mental Illness Symptoms & Functioning

I originally introduced the rainbow model of mental illness functioning last year to capture some of my thoughts on the relationship between symptoms and functioning in mental illness. This is something that exists in my head rather than being an actual thing, and it’s not a model in the scientific sense, but it shows some …

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The Many Faces of Depression

Depression – it’s one word to describe so many different things. The many faces of depression means that no one person’s experience can ever capture what depression is. It’s a simple word for a complex illness, so let’s chat a bit about what that complexity can look like. Major depressive episode symptoms The possible symptoms …

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Emerging Blogger Series: Kellie

This post is by Kellie of Kellie’s Journey. My Journey Hello my name is Kellie and I am 38 years old and have suffered with depression and anxiety for nearly 20 years but only got diagnosed 2 and a half years ago. I have seen counsellors and have tried meditation, mindfulness, yoga, journals, and anything …

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Compensating for Depression Brain

In my depression-free days, my brain felt like a finely tuned machine. I could handle multiple tasks efficiently and effectively. I’ve always been organized, but when I was well it was helpful rather than necessary. I performed better when I was organized, but it wasn’t a crutch. If non-depressed brain was skiing black diamond runs, depression …

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How depression affects movement: decreased energy, psychomotor retardation, and leaden paralysis

How Depression Affects Movement

Depression is a mental illness that very often has physical effects. There are several potential ways in which depression affects movement, and this post will explore low energy, psychomotor retardation, and leaden paralysis. These symptoms can occur in both bipolar and unipolar depression. Low Energy Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of depression. …

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Depressed without the depressed part? Depression may involve anhedonia rather than depressed mood

Depression Without the Depressed Part?

Chances are the first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about depression is depressed mood, right? But while depressed mood is often a major part of depressive illnesses, sometimes it plays a minor role and other times it’s not present at all. Major depressive episode symptoms Major depressive episodes can occur …

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What is... psychomotor retardation in depression

What Is… Psychomotor Retardation

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week’s term is psychomotor retardation (PMR). Psychomotor retardation, one of the less common but more outwardly observable symptoms of depression, involves a slowing of movement and thoughts. It’s been described as far back as Ancient Greek times. PMR is one …

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Depression and emotions: decreased positive affect and increased negative affect

Depression & Emotions: Positive & Negative Affect

There are many different ways to experience depression; people may have very different symptoms and still have the same depression diagnosis. When it comes to the impact of depression on emotions, psychopharmacology guru Dr. Stephen Stahl identified two categories of mood symptoms in his book Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology (affiliate link): decreased positive affect and increased …

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