Clinical Depression


It is common for people to feel sad or get “depressed”. The feeling persists for sometime and disappears after certain frame of period. But for a person having a depressive disorder or clinical depression, his mental state interferes with his day-to-day life. This undermines the person’s normal functioning and impacts him and the people who care for him/her.


Depression is a chronic mental disorder which is characterized by feelings of loneliness, sadness, low self-esteem, despair and self-reproach. The signs accompanying include withdrawal from social contact, agitation, psychomotor retardation, insomnia and loss of appetite to mention a few.

When a person is having gloomy or dejected moods, or, when he/she hates the world around him/her, it does not imply that it is depression. But this type of behaviour,a feeling of worthlessness, emptiness and unhappiness occurring again and again reflects in pointing out that the person is very much depressed.


There are different types of depression like Manic or Bipolar depression which is characterized by extreme and sudden changes in a person’s mood where there is an elevated state of euphoria while the very next moment the person will be experiencing hell. There is also Postpartum depression in new mothers which can range from moderate to severe levels in a women after she gives birth to a child. This depression might soon occur after delivery till upto a year later. It generally occurs in the first 3 months of delivery.


Dysthimia – It is slightly similar to depression and is comparatively very much less severe. On the other hand, it should be given immediate treatment. Cyclothemia is slightly similar to Bipolar or Manic depression wherein a person suffering from mental illness might suffer occasionally from vast swing of moods. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is season bound. People are affected by it more in winter than in summer. There will be Mood swings wherein a person's mood may shift from happy to sad to angry in just a short time.


Clinical depression as termed by people is a ‘major’ depression. It is infact a medical term for depression. Infact clinical depression is like a disorder than an illness as it covers basically only the persons who are suffering from symptoms related to depression. Clinical depression is the terminology used by doctors to refer to "depression" when giving a diagnosis to their patient.


However, despite being an actual disorder, there can be very good treatment for Clinical depression. Doctors are very much optimistic that their patients who have Clinical disorder will be soon back on their way to good mental health as soon as they get treatment after getting diagnosed with the problem. Patients who are looking for treatment for Clinical depression are quite successful with the information that 80% of the patients suffering with actual problem of Clinical depression are treated and have obtained some relief from their problem.


For people who might be looking for answers for questions on Clinical Depression, it is recommended to contact the health center’s depression section apart from the internet and books related to psychiatry which can assist with information related to Clinical depression. Self-medication or treatment is not approved in this case. Clinical depression does not seem to give problems as compared to the remaining types of depression, but at the same time, it is safe to take the help of the medical professionals who can attend to and give treatment for this disorder.