Defining Depression


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An overview of major depression.

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Defining Depression

  1. 1. Defining Depression
  2. 2. <ul><li>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? </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Let's see if we can figure this out together. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Feelings of sadness are normal. Everyone experiences a blue mood once in a while. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Depression is an illness, a mental disorder that overwhelms your mind and body. </li></ul><ul><li>It is not a transient mood that can be dismissed. </li></ul><ul><li>The victim of depression is powerless to command it to leave. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>It changes how you think and how you feel. It essentially changes who you are and affects how you interact with others. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>So how can you tell the difference between actual clinical depression and normal feelings of sadness? </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Essentially it's about intensity and time. </li></ul><ul><li>The feelings associated with depression are much more intense . </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Your character and your ability to cope with reality become severely affected. </li></ul><ul><li>It becomes almost impossible to function on a daily basis. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>The threshold for diagnosing depression in terms of time seems to be about two weeks. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Being sad and withdrawn for a short period of time is a normal human reaction to significant negative events. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Depression can last for weeks, months or even years--without treatment. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>The good news is depression is treatable. Through a combination of therapy and medication, up to 80 percent of people with depression get better. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>But treatment takes time and involves some trial and error, so patience is a must. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>No one is immune to the effects of depression. It is not an indication of weakness or failure. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>To learn more about depression, visit </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>