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Defining Depression


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An overview of major depression.

An overview of major depression.

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  • 1. Defining Depression
  • 2.
    • You probably know someone who is depressed. You may be wondering about yourself. The way you feel right now--does it fit the definition of depression?
  • 3.
    • Clinical depression is a serious illness that affects millions, so you are right to be concerned. Understanding depression is a good first step toward treatment.
  • 4.
    • Let's see if we can figure this out together.
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    • Feelings of sadness are normal. Everyone experiences a blue mood once in a while.
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    • But when feelings of sadness become your only feelings, and when a blue mood turns into a persistent black cloud, you may be suffering from depression.
  • 7.
    • Depression is an illness, a mental disorder that overwhelms your mind and body.
    • It is not a transient mood that can be dismissed.
    • The victim of depression is powerless to command it to leave.
  • 8.
    • It changes how you think and how you feel. It essentially changes who you are and affects how you interact with others.
  • 9.
    • So how can you tell the difference between actual clinical depression and normal feelings of sadness?
  • 10.
    • Essentially it's about intensity and time.
    • The feelings associated with depression are much more intense .
  • 11.
    • Your character and your ability to cope with reality become severely affected.
    • It becomes almost impossible to function on a daily basis.
  • 12.
    • The threshold for diagnosing depression in terms of time seems to be about two weeks.
  • 13.
    • Being sad and withdrawn for a short period of time is a normal human reaction to significant negative events.
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    • However, if your personality and interaction with others fails to return to normal after about two weeks time, then you may have entered a major depressive episode.
  • 15.
    • Depression can last for weeks, months or even years--without treatment.
  • 16.
    • The good news is depression is treatable. Through a combination of therapy and medication, up to 80 percent of people with depression get better.
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    • But treatment takes time and involves some trial and error, so patience is a must.
  • 18.
    • No one is immune to the effects of depression. It is not an indication of weakness or failure.
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    • If you suspect that you or someone you know may be suffering from depression, it's important to get professional advice as soon as possible.
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    • To learn more about depression, visit