For millions of people around the world struggling with depression, their existence is marked by persistent feelings of sadness, helplessness, hopelessness, and the loss of interest in activities that previously brought them joy or purpose, which can greatly impair their daily functioning.
Kristen starts off by sharing how perfect she thought her life was. But then she shares that recently been diagnosed with Huntington's Disease; her husband has been so anxious lately, and she finally she's coming to terms with her son's autism. She describes her life like this, "I loved it. Everything. Until I just...didn?t like anything at all... things are just kind of...awful right now. As you watch the video and listen to Kristen describe her life, your task is to determine your diagnosis based on her symptoms.
Kevin's anger and inability to deal with criticism has reached a boiling point and he is finally ready for therapy. He presents and explains that he is not always angry, but a few times a week he loses control and becomes violent and confrontational. He has noticed that others tend to fear his outbursts and his condition is severely impacting his relationships. Viewers are tasked with watching Kevin as he explains his situation and the thoughts he has when the anger takes over. In his words and actions, clues about his condition are revealed, all of which can be used to seek out a potential diagnosis.
Camila presents for therapy because of a general hopelessness and desperation she feels as a result of the emotional and mental problems she is experiencing. She reports that her life had been steady and fulfilling for many years, but now she is dealing with periodic episodes of low mood, overwhelming depression, and crippling helplessness. Her despair is apparent as she pleads for help with her condition and confides that she has been increasingly considering suicide. By observing Camila during the session and making notes of her expressions, mannerisms, and speech, viewers are given the information needed to decide what her diagnosis may be.
At her therapy session, Amrita, explains that she has never had a particularly high opinion of herself and has never truly been happy. Her childhood was full of shame and, as she matured, she continued experiencing low mood and feelings of worthlessness. As viewers listen to her explanations and observe her mannerisms, they gain insight into the progression of her condition. Her description of the breakup of her relationship and her fear over the uncertainty of her future and that of her child hold clues to her condition which you'll need to make your diagnosis.