Clinical Depression

Most people feel sad or low sometimes in their lives, but clinical depression is a constant sense of despair and hopelessness most of the time accompanied by lack of interest in normal activities and relationships.

Other symptoms associated with clinical depression are fatigue, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, impaired concentration, indecisiveness, lack of or excessive sleep, restlessness, recurring thoughts of suicide or death, and significant loss or gain in weight.

According to U.S. National Institute of Health about 6.7% of U.S. population above 18 years of age suffer from major depression.

Women face higher risks of clinical depression due to hormonal changes during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, miscarriage and menopause.

Women are also susceptible to increased stress because of balancing career and family life, raising children as a single parents etc.

Depression in men may go significantly under-reported, as men are less likely to discuss their condition or to seek help.

The outward signs of depression in men show up as anger, irritability, drugs or alcohol abuse.

Major depressions can be triggered by certain stressful or traumatic events like death of a loved one, divorce, separation, relationship conflicts, social isolation, major life changes; and physical, emotional or sexual abuses.

A healthcare professional performs thorough evaluation to diagnose clinical depression by checking personal and family psychiatric history, completing a depression screening tests or examining other medical problems causing depression symptoms.

Once clinical depression is detected, it is treated by a combination of antidepressant medication, psychotherapy or other therapies that address the patientís emotional state.

Article Written by Dolphi D'Silva [261 Words]
Posted on Oct 2, 2013 with Views.

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