Depression – What You Need to Know

Clinical depression means having a depressed state of mind with a loss of interest in routine activities and relationships. If this low state persists for at least two weeks, then the individual gets further evaluated by a mental health professional according to the DSM-5 to diagnose clinical depression.

Major depression is seen in around 6.7% of the population in the United States above the age of 18. What’s more, 20 to 25 percent of adults have an episode of major depression at one point or another in their lifetime.

The Signs and Symptoms of Depression

  • Severe fatigue and loss of energy
  • Loss of concentration
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Significantly reduced interest in activities
  • Feelings of restlessness
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts

The Causes of Depression

Depression can result from a lot of factors that include genetics, environment, workload stress, relationship problems, loss of a loved one, failure, occurrence of chronic or acute disease, and many others like these. A mental health professional may or may not rule out any underlying factor behind depression. Based on your symptoms, they might plan certain treatment options for you.

The Treatment of Depression

The treatment of depression varies according to the symptoms and presenting complaints of the patient. For emergency situations like suicidal thoughts or attempts, antidepressants with intensive talk therapy are suggested. On the other hand, cognitive behavior therapy and other interventions are suggested by psychologists who know how to help a person in depression feel better and get some reduction in their symptoms.

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
  • Fluoxetine
  • Sertraline
  • Escitalopram oxalate
  • Paroxetine HRI

It is important to know that depression is a condition that can relapse with time. So, a follow-up with your mental healthcare professional from time to time is highly necessary. Better adjustments can be made if there is a vigilant follow to the routine of the condition.


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