Clinical depression (also called major depressive disorder) is a state of intense sadness, melancholia or despair that has advanced to the point of being disruptive to an individual’s social functioning and/or activities of daily living.

Although a low mood or state of dejection that does not affect functioning is often colloquially referred to as depression, clinical depression is a clinical diagnosis and may be different from the everyday meaning of “being depressed”.

Many people identify the feeling of being depressed as “being blue”, “feeling sad for no reason”, or “having no motivation to do anything”. Clinical depression is generally acknowledged to be more serious than normal depressed feelings.


What are the signs of depression?

  • Sadness, feeling “empty” a lot of the time
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in every day life
  • No interest in eating and losing weight; or overeating and gaining weight
  • Sleeping too much or too little, waking very early in the morning
  • Low energy, tired, feeling “slowed down”
  • Feeling restless, easily irritated, or crying a lot
  • Feeling guilty, worthless, helpless, hopeless, expecting the worst
  • Trouble staying focused, remembering, or making decisions
  • Thinking of death or suicide or trying to commit suicide

How can I tell if I am depressed?
A person is clinically depressed if he or she has five or more of these symptoms and has not been acting normal for most days during the same two-week period.

If a person is bipolar or has manic depression, they may have signs of depression which may also include signs of mania.

What are the signs of mania?

  • Unusually “high” mood
  • Easily irritated
  • Unable to go to sleep night after night
  • Grand notions (wild plans or ideas)
  • Talking too much
  • Racing thoughts
  • Increased activity, including sexual activity
  • Much more energy than usual
  • Poor judgment that leads to taking risks
  • Doing things that are not appropriate with or around other people

How is depression treated?
Depression is usually treated with both medicine (antidepressants) and counseling (talk therapy).

When taking your depression medicine, keep in mind …

  • You should take medicine for at least 4 to 6 months for it to work.
  • Anyone taking medicine for depression should be watched closely by a doctor.
  • Tell your doctor about other medicines you are taking. Many medicines interfere with antidepressants.


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