Thursday, November 04, 2004

Anybody Else Feel Like They Have the Flu?

The heaviness and weariness, fatigue and restlessness, the cloudy-headedness and the phantom aches, can't sleep...I'm running hot and cold, I can't concentrate on anything, I'm not eating... wait a minute!

This sounds familiar...
DSM IV: Major Depressive Episode

A. Five (or more) of the following symptoms have been present during the same 2-week period and represent a change from previous functioning; at least one of the symptoms is either (1) depressed mood or (2) loss of interest or pleasure.

(1) depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, as indicated by either subjective report (e.g., feels sad or empty) or observation made by others (e.g., appears tearful). Note: In children and adolescents, can be irritable mood.

(2) markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day (as indicated by either subjective account or observation made by others)

(3) significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain (e.g., a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month), or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day. Note: In children, consider failure to make expected weight gains.

(4) insomnia or hypersomnia nearly every day

(5) psychomotor agitation or retardation nearly every day (observable by others, not merely subjective feelings of restlessness or being slowed down)

(6) fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day

(7) feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt (which may be delusional) nearly every day (not merely self-reproach or guilt about being sick)

(8) diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day (either by subjective account or as observed by others)

(9) recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide

Is there some sort of Rovian Victory vaccination for this? A pill maybe? Take two margaritas and call me in the morning?

Dissents and Laments


Blogger Mafesto said...

This is an impeccable description of me lately. I don't know what to attribute it to. I've only slept 5 hours in the last 3 days, and I haven't been feeling very well. I hope this won't last too long.

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