When struggling with a mental disorder, like depression or anxiety, it's frustrating when people tell you to "get over it," "calm down," or "stop being dramatic." Unfortunately, that's become a common response to a legitimate struggle for many people. Too often, people feel the need to shrug off symptoms out of fear or because they don't realize there are signs you have a legit depressive disorder and aren't just "moody."
You'd think you'd known if you're suffering from clinical depression and other depressive disorders. But because it can happen slowly and over a long period of time, you don't always see it coming or even grasp what's happening at first. Even worse, many people think that it's just a rough patch, dealing with moodiness.
The reality is that you can try every uplifting suggestion out there, but it doesn't stop the feeling of unhappiness or worry that something is wrong. For women especially, depressive disorders can be worrisome, as women are two times more likely than men to suffer from depression and dysthymia, according to the American Psychological Association. Furthermore, it's misdiagnosed 30 percent to 50 percent of the time. So if you're wondering whether or not some of the "moodiness" or symptoms you're experiencing may point to a depressive disorder, read through the signs below.