Identify Clinical Depression Symptoms


Depression, also referred to as clinical depression, major depressive illness, major depressive disorder or unipolar mood disorder, is a serious emotional and medical condition that may require long-term treatment to keep symptoms from returning.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), depression is a mood state that goes well beyond temporarily feeling sad or blue. It is a life-long condition that affects one’s thoughts, feelings, behavior, mood and physical health where periods of wellness can alternate with recurrences of depression. Symptoms of clinical depression may include the following:

Changes in Sleep

Some people may experience difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep throughout the entire night. Others may sleep excessively.

Changes in Appetite

Like sleep, some people may go from one extreme to the other. For example, some people may lose their appetite and lose weight. Others may overeat, resulting in weight gain.

Poor Concentration

During a severe depression, some people may not be able to concentrate on school work, job responsibilities, home responsibilities or even focus enough to read a newspaper article or watch a television show from start to finish.

Loss of Energy

For some people, there is a loss of energy to get things accomplished throughout the day. A person may feel too fatigued to go to work or school, or even to accomplish everyday chores.

Lack of Interest

People affected by depression may lose interest in activities they once enjoyed such as hobbies, eating and even sex.

Low Self-Esteem

Many people lose confidence in themselves and the world around them during a depressive episode. They may dwell on mistakes they made in the past or loved ones lost.

Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness


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