Clinical depression symptoms are similar to the symptoms exhibited by normal depression but are more severe and persistent. Before we embark on the symptoms of clinical depression its first important to look at what makes clinical depression different from normal depression.
Fleeting moments of feeling sad and blue or feeling depressed are part of the human condition. These mood changes are normal and tell you that something is not quite right in your life and usually pass. Clinical depression is different. It is persistent, impairing and includes a range of symptoms. There are different types of depression. Clinical depression is a type of depression called major depressive disorder.
Clinical depression is the most common of depressions. Clinical depression symptoms include a sad or dysphoric mood and loss of interest or pleasure in all or almost all usual activities or pastimes. This mood states persists for several weeks and is associated with other symptoms which occur nearly everyday including:
You do not need to have all the symptoms to have clinical depression. However, if you have at least 5 symptoms and they persist for several weeks, resulting in impaired ability to take care of yourself or your family, or impaired ability to go to work and carry out your daily life, then you have clinical depression or major depressive disorder.
When you have clinical depression symptoms, it feels like they will last forever, but this is not true. However, with proper treatment, 80% of the patients will be symptom free in 4-6 weeks. Once the sleep and appetite problems start to resolve, you will find that your mood is better. It is important to remember there are different types of effective treatments for clinical depression such a:
If one treatment does not work, your therapist and you should seek other alternatives. Give the treatment enough time at least six weeks to work. Don't let the hopelessness of clinical depression discourage you from continuing.