What Is Depression

Major depressive disorder (also known as recurrent depressive disorder, clinical depression, major depression, unipolar depression, or unipolar disorder) is a mental disorder characterized by an all-encompassing low mood accompanied by low self-esteem, and by loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities.

The term “major depressive disorder” was selected by the American Psychiatric Association to designate this symptom cluster as a mood disorder. The general term depression is often used to denote the disorder. Major depression is a disabling condition which adversely affects a person’s family, work or school life, sleeping and eating habits, and general health. In the United States, around 3.4% of people with major depression commit suicide, and up to 60% of people who commit suicide have depression or another mood disorder.

Look at the following statistics:

2003 National Comorbidity Study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health says 16% of the population that is nearly 35 million Americans suffer from severe depression.

National Institute of Mental Health indicates that 19.1 million Americans and of age group 18 to 54 years-old suffer from anxiety disorders.

National Institute of Mental Health also says that 9.5% of the adult population that is nearly 18.8 million American adults suffer from clinical depression.


Eight Of The Most Common Symptoms Of Depression


Feeling or a lost of energy is a very common symptom of depression.

Having A Decreased Interest or Pleasure

A person may show a significant diminished interest or pleasure in all, of almost all his or her daily activities.

Weight Changes

Drastic changes in weight when not trying to gain or lose weight. A weight gain or loss of more than 5% in a month may be signs of depression in a person.

Having A Depressed Mood

Depressed people may be feeling “sad” or “empty” or may cry frequently. Some children and adolescents may show signs of irritability.

Sleep Disturbances

Insomnia or sleeping too much may be both a symptom of depression. One the one hand some people always wants to sleep because they’re constantly feeling tired. On the other hand this is the way that many people want to escape the world of reality around them.

Psychomotor Agitation or Retardation

The person may be observed to be either agitated and restless or physically slowed down in the movements their doing.

Lack of concentration

A depressed person may have a diminished ability to think, concentrate or make decisions.

Feelings of Worthlessness or Guilt

A depressed person may feel that they have no value or they may feel inappropriately guilty about things they have no control over. In most cases their is no reason why they must blame themself.

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