I can’t differentiate between the two as I’m always low energy and feeling bad. How do you know which one it is! What do you do to feel better?
Ask yourself if you are feeling sad? If you are, then you are depressed. If not, then you might be experiencing negative symptoms.
Its not easy but your psychiatrist should know. Mine said I am not depressed so he never prescribed me antidepressants. I have bad negative symptoms.
My pdoc told me that to qualify for depression there has to be a sad mood present.
Yea I am not sad but mad lol
mad meaning angry? crazy? or both? lol
Lol not crazy, I meant angry at my negative symptoms bcz I cant do much about it.
I don’t know for sure but I think mine are negative symptoms for 2 reasons.
1.Antidepressants don’t seem to help
2.They have stayed with me a long time and never seem to let up. I would think that you would have gaps in depression.
I’m still not 100% positive I don’t have depression though.
@Bowens , some forms of depression are so severe that antidepressants alone don’t help. They require additional medications to overcome.
Depression can stay with a person pretty constantly.
Question: Are you sad?
Yeah, that’s the part I’m not sure of. I don’t know. Sometimes I feel like I’d just as soon not be around but I dunno if I’m really “sad” or not.
I’m mostly just “blah”.
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I have the same problem I can’t say I’m sad since I barely cry but I’m feeling hopeless most of the times
I would think that if you were sad, you would know it. Depression is a very strongly felt mood of sadness/despair.
Yeah, then I would probably say “no”. I think it is negatives for me.
Hopelessness is a pretty big symptom of depression.
Not all depressed patients feel ‘sad’
Many feel despair or hopeless.
Some may feel numb or blah most of the time.
A feeling of being overwhelmed easily is also a sign of depression.
I have diagnosed major depression aside from the schizophrenia. I do have some negative symptoms as well, but i have very low mood and energy. I see a psychologist for the mood, and it has improved. So that cements for me that i have two separate disorders.
I would think if the negs correllate with the pos, then its negative symptoms or vice versa. Depression would be separate from the pos. People could have both as well, so I dont think its all clear cut.