Clinical Depression is more than just merely feeling "down."
Clinical Depression is a pervasive inability to function and enjoy life. It often involves a loss of interest in what used to be pleasurable and can lead one to isolate himself from others.
Some say that depression feels like an overwhelming despair that invades life. Many feel a lack of energy and can't concentrate. Others find themselves frequently irritable for no apparent reason.
Whatever the symptoms, depression differs from normal sadness because it interferes with the ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and enjoy life. The feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness are intense and relentless.
Some strategies for combating depression will include education about practical techniques on how to redirect negative thinking and engage in more uplifting thoughts and behaviors. In some cases, therapy can also help to identify the root of depression, helping to reduce symptoms from their origination. Identifying triggers and learning to live healthily will be a primary focus. It's important to remember that Depression is a treatable illness.
"Once you choose hope, anything is possible."-Christopher Reeve
INDICATORS OF CLINICAL DEPRESSION
If you have experienced more than five of the above symptoms for longer than two weeks, you are encouraged to seek external assistance.