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The Mayo Clinic explains that depression is a type of mood disorder characterized by a loss of general interest and regular feelings of deep sadness. It is important to remember that depression is more than just a period in which you feel down: if it reaches a clinical level, it could interfere with your daily life, productivity, and relationships.
Clinical depression is more than just periodic episodes of feeling down or discouraged, it instead involves a pervasive feeling of sadness and disinterest that persists for long periods of time. Experts call this severe form of depression clinical depression, or major depressive disorder.
When experts draw a distinction between depression and clinical depression, they will use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ symptom criteria. Generally speaking, symptoms of clinical depression tend to be serious enough that they interfere with someone’s day to day life, activities, as well as their relationships with others.
Some symptoms of clinical depression might include:
The causes of clinical depression are not entirely known. Experts speculate that the following can have an impact on whether or not you will develop clinical depression:
There are a myriad of risk factors that might increase the likelihood that you will develop clinical depression or might even trigger its development. These include:
It is possible for clinical depression to affect anyone, regardless of their age or background. The good news is that severe symptoms of clinical depression tend to get better with the help of medications (known as antidepressants), psychological counseling, or a mixture of both.
If you’re wondering if you struggle with clinical depression, it’s important to seek professional help for a diagnosis and treatment. If you feel like you suffer from depression–no matter how major or minor–remember that you are not alone, and help is available.
One very effective way to combat depression is by enrolling in online group therapy for depression, which we offer here at Grouport. Group therapy is a great way to remind yourself that you are not alone, no matter what you are struggling with. Your therapist and other group members can offer you a fresh perspective on issues you might be struggling with, and will help you get on the road to a better, happier, healthier future.