Clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer. The origins of clinical depression are biological, psychological, and social. The biological origin suggests a possible genetic component to your mood. The psychological origin suggests that how you think about yourself, others and the world can impact your mood. The social origin refers to the impact your environment has on your feelings. Depending upon each individual, effective interventions can include expressing your thoughts and feelings, evaluating your home situation, work life, and social relationships, and/or assessing the potential need for medication.
Everyone experiences times of feeling sad or “down in the dumps.” This is normal, and usually resolves within a few days. But if these feelings last more than several days or weeks, it may be time to see your doctor or a mental health practitioner.
Depression affects approximately one in ten Americans and is most commonly reported by women. Men are less likely than women to seek treatment for emotional issues, yet depression is very treatable. It is important to see your doctor or therapist in order to be evaluated and matched with the right treatment for your symptoms. Do not attempt to diagnose yourself!
Symptoms of depression:
Types of Depression: