More about Clinical Depression

What Is Clinical Depression?

The word ‘depressed’ is a common everyday word. People might say “I’m depressed” when in fact they mean “I’m fed up” because I’ve had a row, failed an exam or lost my job”.

Clinical Depression is a mood disorder that affects how a person feels, thinks and behaves and can also have physical symptoms. It is an illness and you cannot just ‘snap’ out of it. Depression can become severe enough to affect a person’s quality of life.

Symptoms of Depression:

Persistent sad or ‘empty’ mood

Feelings of guilt / worthlessness

Loss of Interest / pleasure

Sleep disturbance

Increase / decrease weight

Physical slowing down / agitation

Tiredness / loss of energy

Inability to concentrate / Indecisiveness

Suicidal thoughts

If you have had five or more of the above symptoms during the same two-week period, you may be suffering from depression and should seek professional help.

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