Depression is an issue that millions and millions of people in the United States have to cope with. The way that depression affects you can range all the way from something that is a mild nuisance to a severe medical disorder that can have dangerous and deadly complications and consequences.
Severe, ongoing depression is referred to as clinical depression. Doctors use the term “clinical depression” to refer to depression that causes significant disruptions in your daily life. This involves things like social activities, school and work.
Clinical depression is serious, persistent depression. Clinical depression is depression that lasts for weeks and months. It is a form of depression that can prevent you from even doing your normal daily activities. It can even cause you to think about taking your own life.
Clinical depression is something that can affect anyone. It may affect people of any age or sex, and this includes children.
Depression may be caused by a medical ailment like a thyroid disorder, substance abuse or a loss, like the death of a loved one. Clinical depression is not that kind of depression.
There is no single cause of clinical depression just as there are no single causes for any other kind of depression. Genetics (heredity), environmental and biological factors all probably play a part in causing clinical depression.
There are other factors that may play a role in causing clinical depression to occur. Some of these include:
- Nicotine use
- Drug abuse
- Use of alcohol.
The signs and symptoms of clinical depression are when you have one or more recurring episodes, and your severe depression has lasted for more than two weeks. It also means that you are having at least 5 of the following signs and symptoms:
- Crying spells
- Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
- Significant increase or decrease in your appetite
- Loss of pleasure and interest in normal daily activities
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Thoughts of suicide or death
- Excess sleeping or an inability to sleep
- Irritability or agitation
- Feeling sad and blue
- Loss of energy or fatigue.
Clinical depression may also result in physical complaints like headache and backache.