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What REALLY is Clinical Depression…

Depression ranges in seriousness from mild, temporary episodes of sadness to severe, persistent depression. This is not the same as depression that results from a loss such as the death or medical condition such as a thyroid disease.
You must experience five or more symptoms of clinical depression within a two week period. These symptoms should be present most of the day, almost every day. Anyone can experience clinical depression, even children. You must have severe symptoms that cause difficulties in your relationships with others, or in daily activities such as school, work, or social gatherings.
Depressed mood, such as feeling sad, empty or tearful (in children and teens, depressed mood can appear as constant irritability)
A markedly decreased interest in or a lack of pleasure in any or all activities
Significant weight loss, weight gain or decrease in appetite, even if you are not dieting. (In children, this is a failure to gain the weight that was expected )
).Increased desire to sleep
Restlessness or slowed behavior that can easily be observed by others
Fatigue or loss in energy Feelings devalued or of excessive or inappropriate guilt Trouble making decisions, or trouble thinking or concentrating
Suicide attempt or thoughts of death recurring.You must meet the criteria of major depressive disorder (DSM) to be diagnosed as clinical depression. This manual is published by the American Psychiatric Association.

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