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.



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

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