What Is Depression?

The question, “what is depression?,” is commonly asked in my profession. In order for us to maximize the help we offer, let’s be on the same page about what depression is.

Generally speaking, depression is a mood disorder that causes long-lasting feelings of sadness or despair. It is also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression. To be diagnosed with clinical depression, patients must meet highly specific criteria. Even so, many people experience the symptoms and effects of depression without meeting the criteria for an official diagnosis.

Recognizing the symptoms of depression

Depression is often misunderstood. People hear the word depression, and they think of a temporary funk or a sad day. The reality is depression is much more than occasional feelings of sadness. It can have a significant impact on one’s life and their ability to function.

Our providers specialize in treating depression and offering education about depression.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Reduced interest in activities
  • Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or emptiness
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Tiredness or lack of energy
  • Changes in sleep patterns (sleeping more or less than usual)
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating

Depression can be tricky to spot because many patients with the condition don’t realize they have it. If you suspect that you or a loved one is experiencing depression, consult with a licensed mental health professional to determine the cause and if treatment is needed.

Clinical Depression vs. The Blues: How to Know If It’s Really Depression

What is depression | Glendale | Long Beach | This article discusses what depression is and how to treat it.Life is challenging. Everyone experiences sadness and bad days periodically. This is normal and often referred to as the blues. But, if you experience those feelings more often than not, you may have more than the blues and instead be suffering from clinical depression. So, how can you tell the difference?

  • If feelings of sadness are interfering with work, sleep, or other daily activities, you may have depression.
  • If your moods become erratic or seem to swing from highs to lows, you may benefit from seeing a depression specialist.
  • If sadness lingers or you’re not bouncing back after a challenging situation, it may be worth exploring treatment.

Clinical depression is not something you can bounce back from on your own. Treatment with a professional is often needed for recovery.

Most Common Ways Of Treating Depression

Now that we’ve answer the question, “what is depression?” let’s mention treatments for the condition.  The treatment modalities listed below are currently regarded as the most reliable methods of treating depression.  All have risks and benefits that you should know about.  Consult your provider to learn more.

What Is Depression? Summary

Depression is a combination of environmental and biological factors interacting in an individualistic way.  Everyone experiences depression in a different way.  Just keep in mind that it is okay to not feel normal in certain situations like getting a bad grade on a test, losing a loved one, or ending a relationship. The most important part of taking the first step is recognizing when the disruption of normalcy requires professional intervention.

Hopefully this article answers the question, “what is depression?” so that you can make informed decisions about how to improve your daily life.  If in need of assistance click the “book an appointment” button or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.

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