A Look at Clinical Depression

By McKensie Shiner

What is clinical depression? What are the signs or side effects? How many suffer every year?

Clinical depression is a mental health disorder that is characterized by many factors. Some of these include a loss of interest in activities, a sense of hopelessness, and a constant state of despair.

Other symptoms of clinical depression may include but are not limited to, fatigue or loss of energy, indecisiveness, restlessness, or even thoughts of death or suicide.

Clinical depression can happen to anyone for a multitude of reasons, such as life events, like death or loss, divorce, illness, abuse, medications, or stress. While there is no specific cause for this illness, around 20 million adults suffer from it every year.

In addition to those nearly 20 million adults suffering, there are many who live with clinical depression and never seek out help. Though about twice as million women than men have clinical depression, the truth is, a lot of men don’t talk about or seek help in their struggle.

Women are likely to develop clinical depression due to changes in hormones/puberty, pregnancy, miscarriage, etc., while men are likely to develop it from divorce/separation, major life changes like moving, or social isolation.

If you see signs in yourself or someone you love of clinical depression, it is always best to seek out help. Clinical depression is a serious illness, but it is also treatable.

Treatment for clinical depression varies by person, but speaking with a therapist is a great start.

For support, resources, and help, contact Counseling by the Sea today to start your journey toward a happier and healthier you.