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What is Clinical Depression?

Clinical Depression:

A mental condition causing a person to feel persistent emptiness & overall loss of interest in normal activities. Depression Symptoms share dominion with a host of many other common mental illnesses.  Below lists some of the main symptoms to watch for if you or someone you know could potentially be dealing with an undiagnosed case of depression. 

Symptoms & Warning Signs:

  • Lack of Interest in Tasks that were once pleasurable
  • Drastic Changes in Appetite: In some, this manifests itself as not eating enough, and in others it leads to overeating. This in turn leads to a noticeable gain or loss in weight, which can exacerbate symptoms by reducing self esteem. 
  • Concentration & Sleep Issues: Sleeping issues similar to change in appetite and can manifest as either an overabundance or severe lack of sleep. Concentration issues also persist as common during depressive periods. The person may have issues focusing on tasks or even paying attention to normal activities.   
  • Dejected Mood: This includes feeling empty, hopeless, or sad about the current state of things. 
  • Suicidal/Negative Thoughts: Times when the person can have thoughts about harming themselves during low periods. Sometimes the thoughts can be so strong that suicide even becomes a viable option.

Types of Depression

There are so many different combinations of symptoms and ways that the illness manifests itself. There are also multiple different types of depression that people can experience. Some of the main ones are:

Post-Partum: Depression: This type of depression is experienced by women during pregnancy or soon after a childbirth.

Persistent Depressive Disorder(Dysthymia): Depression symptoms in a Dysthymic person are relatively mild, however they last for a long period of time(More than 2 years). 

Seasonal Affective Disorder: A seasonal condition triggered usually during winter months. Lack of sunlight & shorter days are typically the catalyst. The symptoms for Seasonal affective disorder diminish in the summer and spring months. 

Bipolar Disorder:  Many of the symptoms of depression are experienced during low periods of Bipolar Disorder, in fact the two are often confused with one another. Typically, when a person experiences manic or hypomanic episodes, the diagnosis is more in line with BPD. 

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression

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