Depression Part II: Differentiating from Sadness, Grief, and Malaise

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Depression is a term that is often erroneously used to describe a wide variety of moods. There are important factors to consider when determining whether the mood that is being experienced is depression or a related condition. Some of these factors include duration, severity, and precipitating experiences. There are also different classifications of depression, including SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), Dysthymia, PDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder), PPD (Post-pardum Depression), and Bi-Polar.

Learning Objectives: 

1. Distinguish between depression, sadness, malaise, and grief.

2. Explore the potential symptoms of these different types of mood characteristics.

3. Consider some of your own experiences throughout life and explore the possibility that you have experienced some of these different conditions.

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Jared Scherz, Ph.D., M.Ed., ACS

Jared Scherz, Ph.D., M.Ed., ACS

Dr. Scherz is a clinical psychologist, author, and educational consultant, working with educators for over twenty years. He earned his Master's in Education from Penn State University and went on to be an elementary school guidance counselor before earning his Ph.D.

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