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The signs and symptoms of Clinical Depression


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Herrick Lipton of New Horizon Counseling Center presents the signs and symptoms of clinical depression.

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The signs and symptoms of Clinical Depression

  1. 1. CLINICAL DEPRESSION T H E S I G N S A N D S Y M P T O M S O F Herrick Lipton
  2. 2. Clinical depression is a debilitating condition that often occurs in conjunction with other physical or mental health issues. It affects over 10 million American adults, as well as one in eight adolescents. AN OVERVIEW
  3. 3. Contrary to popular belief, depression is not just characterized by bouts of sadness. It can make a person more susceptible to heart problems, self-harm, and death. It is important to be able to recognize signs of depression by knowing the difference between sadness and a more serious problem. AN OVERVIEW
  4. 4. The symptoms associated with clinical depression must be present for two or more weeks in order for the condition to be accurately diagnosed. DIAGNOSIS
  5. 5. A person suffering will experience a depressed mood and a lack of enjoyment or fulfillment. He or she may appear to be lethargic on a daily basis, be unable to make decisions, report anhedonia, and have recurring suicidal ideations. A feeling of hopelessness is an indicator of depression. DEPRESSED MOOD
  6. 6. A person with depression can either lose his or her appetite entirely, or compensate for the lack of feeling by overeating. Furthermore, clinical depression will affect sleep cycles and mood, which can lead to a lack of concentration, and to physical aches that have no explanation. DEPRESSED MOOD
  7. 7. The severity of the symptoms depends on what kind of depression a person is experiencing, but the symptoms themselves are standard across the board. The four types are as follows: TYPES OF DEPRESSION
  8. 8. This can can tether an individual to his or her bed for days. He or she will not see the point of eating, moving, or maintaining personal hygiene. This form of depression is one in which suicide is least likely, simply because the depressed person does not have the energy to get out of bed. MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER
  9. 9. This is is a type of relentless, low- grade depression. It is characterized by feeling moderately depressed most days for two years at least, and by a difficulty remembering times in which you felt better. Unfortunately, the rate of suicide and self harm is higher in this category. DYSTHYMIA
  10. 10. This is a type of depression characterized by intense mood swings known as hypomania or mania, followed by depression. These shifts can occur anywhere from a few times a year to a few times a week. BIPOLAR DISORDER
  11. 11. This is a disorder in which a person experiences symptoms of depression only during specific seasons. It is most common in the winter, although it can be present in other seasons as well. SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER