October is Depression Awareness Month: Major Depression (Clinical Depression)

What Is Major or Clinical Depression?

We all feel sad and low at some point in our lives. However, Major depression also known as clinical depression is feeling in a depressed mood most of the day, and having no interest in activities we once enjoyed. Some of the symptoms of major depression are:

  • Fatigue or loss of energy daily
  • Weight changes
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating

What Triggers Major Depression?

Some common triggers are:

  • Loss of a loved one (death, divorce, or separation)
  • Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse
  • Social isolation
  • Major life changes (job change, moving, retirement)

Best Treatment For Major Depression?

Major depression is a serious illness, but it is treatable. Some common treatments are: Psychotherapy, Family therapy, Self-help strategies, and Cognitive behavioral therapy.

If you or anyone you know are suffering with depression and live in the Chicagoland area or Illinois, feel free to call Olive Branch Counseling Associates at (708) 633-8000 and talk to a professional.

Yadira

Graduate Intern

References

Koskie, B. (2020, June 03). Depression: Facts, Statistics, and You. Retrieved from

https://www.healthline.com/health/depression/facts-statistics-infographic

Understanding Depression: What It Is, Who Is at Risk and Where to Find Support. (2018, July

            18). Retrieved from https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/2018/07/Understanding-

depression/

Image: https://www.interiminc.org/2018/10/01/depressionawareness2018/

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