also known as major depression
What is Clinical Depression?
Symptoms may include:
- Depressed mood. Such as feeling sad, empty or tearful. in children and teens depressed mood can appear as constant irritability.
- Significant weight loss when not dieting, weight gain, and the increase or decrease of appetite. In children it's the failure of gaining weight as expected.
- Insomnia or increased desire to sleep.
- Restlessness or slowed behavior that is noticeable by others.
- Fatigue or loss of energy.
- Feelings of worthlessness or excessive/inappropriate guilt.
- Trouble making decisions or trouble concentrating .
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.
- Suicide attempts.
- Abuse. Past, physicall, sexual, or emotional abuse can cause future depression.
- Medications. Some drugs such as accutance (used to treat acne.), the antiviral drug interferon-alpha, and corticosteroids, can all increase your risk for depression.
- Death or loss. Sadness or grief from the death or loss of a loved one, though natural, can increase risks for depression.
- Genetics. A family history of dpression can increse your risk for depression. It's thought that depression is a complex trait that may be inherited across generations, although the genetics of psychiatric disorders are not as simple or straight forward as purely genetic diseases such as cystic fiberosis.
- Major Events. Even a good event such as starting a new job, graduating, or getting married can lead to depression. Bad events such as moving losing a job, getting a divorce, losing income, or retiring, can also lead to depression.
- Other personal problems. Problems such as social isolation due to other mental illnesses, birth of a child, or being cast out of a family or social group, can lead to depression.
- Serious Illness. Sometimes depression co-exsists with a major illness or is a reaction to the illness.
- Substance Abuse. Nearly 30% of people with substance abuse problems also have clinical depression.
A depression diagnosis is often difficult to make because clinical depression can manifest in so many different ways. For example, some clinically depressed individuals seem to withdraw into a state of apathy. Others may become irritable or even agitated. Eating and sleeping patterns can be exaggerated. Clinical depression may cause a person either to sleep or eat to excess or almost eliminate those activities.
You can be treated with a variety of ways for Clinical Depression and in most cases you can self treat. In a simple form of Clinical depression a simple life cleanse and reduce of stress may be what is best for you. However, in a more moderate case depression may be treated with medications. Even more serious cases depression can be treated with psych therapy or a mix of therapy and medications.
Approximately 20% of teens will experience depression before reaching adult hood.
About 15% of teens will be experiencing depression at any one time.