As many as one in three of us will experience some form of depression within our lifetimes.
It is normal to feel sad and experience some down days. Most people go through periods of feeling dispirited, especially after a loss or through a time of stress.
When is Sadness Diagnosed as Clinical Depression?
What specialists call Clinical Depression is more than simply being down in the dumps.
The main difference is the sad or empty mood does not go away after a couple of weeks. Everyday activities like eating, sleeping, socializing or working can be affected.
Symptoms of Clinical Depression
People who experience depression describe it as agonizing pain that cannot be shaken and seems to have no end in sight. They feel trapped and talk about having a dark, empty pit in their chest or stomach that cannot be filled
Some depressed people suffer so much that they may even contemplate suicide.
Virtually all people with depression complain about reduced energy, reduced concentration and the inability to complete projects.
Roughly 80 percent of depressed people say they have trouble sleeping, waking frequently during the night and worrying about their problems.
Many people with depression over-sleep during the day.
Sufferers of this depression report that they have had either an increase or a decrease in their appetite, sometimes accompanied by weight gain or loss.
How is Depression Treated?
Depression is best treated with the help of a caring professional who can help you determine the reasons for your symptoms and develop a plan with you to overcome your challenge.