Clinical Depression? What is That?

By Colin Jones

Depression is a mental disorder that is often characterized by lengthy periods of sadness and melancholy, say the experts from the field of psychiatry.

However, just because someone slopes around and hates the world in general, it doesn't necessarily mean that he/she is suffering from depression, but if this kind of behaviour, that feeling of emptiness, loss of self-worth and absolute lack of hope for happiness continues , then, that person is probably, indeed, depressed. Still, there are various types of depression too.

Manic or Bipolar depression - characterized by sudden and extreme changes in mood where one minute he or she is in an elevated state of euphoria while the next minute (day or week) he or she is feeling as if he or she is in a personal hell.

Postpartum depression - characterized by a prolonged sadness and a feeling of emptiness by a new mother where physical stress during child birth, an uncertain sense of responsibility towards the new born baby can be just some of the possible reasons why some new mothers go through this.

Dysthimia is characterized by a slight similarity with depression, although this kind has been proven to be a great deal less severe, however. as with any case of depression, it should be sorted out immediately.

Cyclothemia - characterized by a slight similarity with Manic or Bipolar depression wherein the individual suffering from this mental illness suffers from severe mood swings.

Seasonal Affective Disorder - characterized by being depressed only during specific seasons (i.e. Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn). However, studies prove that more people actually become ill during the Winter and Autumn seasons. Or they could suffer from mood swings, wherein a person's mood may shift from happy to sad to angry in quite a short time.

'Clinical depression' or 'major depression', as some call it, is the correct medical term for depression. Actually, clinical depression is more a disorder than an illness, since it refers to those who are suffering from the symptoms that cause depression.

However, despite being a real disorder, clinical depression can be treated quite successfully. Doctors are usually highly optimistic that patients suffering from clinical depression will soon be well on their way to good mental health if they receive treatment as soon as they have been diagnosed. Patients who have sought treatment for clinical depression have proven to be very successful in their hopes, since 80 percent of those treated have found relief from their illness.

If you are seeking answers to questions related to clinical depression, the depression section of the health centre can be highly recommended, as well as books on psychiatry and the Internet, which offers a lot of helpful information, although self medication is highly disapproved of. Clinical depression may not pose as great of a threat as the other types of mental illness, but it is best to leave it in the hands of the professionals who can treat and banish this disorder. - 31891

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