I recently started on antidepressants (which I've found to be wonderful). My 8yo daughter had just been diagnosed with Aspergers and had recently developed daytime urinary incontinence. Add to that having 4 major surgeries in the past year, a recent estrangement from my mentally ill (& very destructive) mother and the death of my grandfather: It was more the physical aspects, such as losing weight and not sleeping that alerted me to the fact that something was wrong, and having to deal with 6 kids under 10 didn't give me much time to relax or try typical coping mechanisms (although I started seeing a psychologist).
But what annoyed me when I saw my doctor's notes was that he wrote down that I had depression. To me, depression occurs when you have ups and down without any real catalyst. But for me I found I was having trouble coping due to a series of factors that even the hardiest of people would have trouble coping with.
What are others thoughts on being labelled with 'depression', as opposed to anxiety or stress? I hate being labelled with this, as my mother suffered depression and my ups and downs are very mild, unlike her extreme mood changes. I do not believe I have depression.