While many people get depressed from time to time, Clinical Depression is a more serious disorder that usually requires therapy and behavior modification as well as possibly medication to treat it. There are a series of reasons people battle with Clinical Depression. Some of it can arise because of difficult life situations that a person is faced with such as a loss of a loved one or experiencing a traumatic event. However, there are times when Clinical Depression can arise from genetics or chemical imbalances in the brain.
Whatever the cause of the Clinical Depression is, once it is diagnosed it should be tended to with the help of highly trained professionals in the field of Psychology and Psychiatry so it doesn’t take over your life.
Clinical Depression is also called Major Depression Disorder or MDD. It is generally categorized as feelings of depression for most of the day and everyday over an extended period of time of at least two weeks or more.
Sufferers of Clinical Depression usually experience several of these symptoms daily:
- Loss of Interest in Daily Activities
- Loss of Interest in Life
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Loss of Interest in Relationships
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Difficulty Working
- Feeling of Being Disconnected
- Loss of Appetite
For some people Clinical Depression occurs from a single incident in their lifetime and they can recover more quickly with therapeutic intervention. However, there are occasions when people become more prone to the difficulties of the disorder. This may lead to them being diagnosed with it several times throughout their lives. For these patients who suffer with it on a long-term basis may find it lasts for an extended period of time without remission. While treatment can be successful for many patients there is a percentage of people that are diagnosed with it that continue to struggle with even after trying different treatment regiments.
There are many forms of treatment for Major Depression Disorder, but often a combination of therapy and cognitive behavior therapy can be a great help. Some people will also need to go on some type of medication for a short period of time as they begin to build better coping skills.
Today, there are also new innovative therapy treatments available for people who struggle with Clinical Depression and have had little success. One of these new forms of treatment that has brought surprising success is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). This new form of treatment has been recognized as having a good success rate for people with more problematic cases of Clinical Depression.