People who are uneducated about depression often have difficulty drawing the line between being "moody" and being depressed. What do you think are distinct differences that might help these people and the public in general to distinguish the two?
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I think this inevitably requires the help of a professional. All individuals have mood swings, but depression is more like a constant state of negative emotions, often rooted in some deeper experience, such as academic stress, bullying, difficult familial relationships, low self-esteem, anxiety, etc. I don't think this information about "drawing the line" is accessible currently to the public, and I don't know if that's particularly necessary, as there are drawbacks to people self-prescribing.