Everyone feels sad or low sometimes, but these feelings usually pass with a little time. Depression—also called “clinical depression” or a “depressive disorder”—is a mood disorder that causes distressing symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working.
hOW IS DEPRESSION TREATED?
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
The first step in getting the right treatment is to visit a health care provider or mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist. Your health care provider can do an exam, interview, and lab tests to rule out other health conditions that may have the same symptoms as depression.
Once diagnosed, depression can be treated with medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two.
If you feel that you may be struggling with depression, schedule an appointment for a an evaluation.
Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies or activities
Decreased energy, fatigue, or being “slowed down”
Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
Thoughts of death or suicide or suicide attempts