What is Major Depressive Disorder?
Clinical depression, otherwise known as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), is often misunderstood and underestimated. In truth, depression is a mood disorder characterized by a constant sense of hopelessness and a slew of negative feelings that interfere with a person’s daily routine for long periods of time. MDD can make working, studying, sleeping, and enjoying hobbies a challenge.
What’s the difference between clinical depression and normal emotions?
Just about everyone feels down at some point in their lives. Being sad or having a case of the blues is a genuinely normal part of the human condition. The primary difference between experiencing a low point and experiencing clinical depression, however, is that clinical depression is marked by a depressed mood that is present for the majority of the day for at least two weeks.
How can I tell if I am depressed?
Major Depressive Disorder can cause a variety of symptoms. Here are a common few:
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
- Irritability or restlessness
- Decreased energy and loss of interest in activities once found enjoyable, including sex
- Uncontrollable negative thoughts
- Changes in sleeping habits
- Feeling fatigued, sluggish, or physically drained
Many other symptoms may be present in cases of depression — including physical symptoms such as headaches, back pain, and stomach pain — depending on the individual.
What should I do if I think I am depressed?
There are a number of treatment styles available to those who suffer from depression. The most common forms of treatment include antidepressant medication and some form of psychotherapy. It has been found that in many cases, a combination treatment including both antidepressant medication and behavioral therapy is the most effective treatment approach.
If you think that you might be depressed, it’s time to schedule an appointment with one of our therapists. We can help you to determine whether or not you are struggling with a case of clinical depression and guide you through the healing process. Even if you just having trouble getting through a difficult time in your life, Eugene Therapy is here to help. Contact our intake coordinator today at 541-868-2004 ext 1.