Clinical Depression

Kelsi Gemeny Health-6 10/16/15

Don't be sad, be glad!

Clinical depression is a prolonged feeling of helplessness, hopelessness, ans sadness

Cause of Depression

A chemical imbalance in the brain and/or external factors such as upbringing and enviroment

Symptoms of Depression

  • irritability
  • persistent sadness
  • frequent crying
  • preoccupation with death or suicide
  • loss of enjoyment in favorite activities
  • frequent physical complaints such as headaches and stomachaches
  • low energy level
  • fatigue
  • poor concentration
  • boredom
  • dramatic change in eating or sleeping pattern


  • sleep
  • therapy
  • surgery
  • magnetic simulation
  • light therapy
  • certain vitamins
  • guided imagery and relaxation
  • multiple medications
Clinical Depression is more likely to occur in woman and teens.

More Info

More than 5% of the major population suffer from clinical depression. The risk of being depressed may exceed 15% throughout your lifetime. Clinical depression affects at least 17 million people a year. Ratios of 1 to 33 children may have depression and 1 to 8 teens may have depression. If someone has a family member with depression they are 2 to 3 times more likely to develop it.

Where to go for Information

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Hope for Depression Research Foundation


Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (Greater Houston)