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

Treatments

  • 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

Or....

Hope for Depression Research Foundation

Or....

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (Greater Houston)