What is depression?
Depression is a very serious mental condition that can hold those affected back from the joys of life and keep them from progressing in their personal and professional lives. There are several different types of depression and today we are going to look specifically at social depression and how it differs from clinical depression. Let’s start off by acknowledging that clinical depression is the MOST serious form of depression. Clinical depression is also known as major depression or major depressive disorder. Clinical depression is much different than depression caused by the death of a loved one or a relationship break up. Doctors use the system criteria to gauge clinical depression in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Signs and symptoms of clinical depression include: Feelings of sadness, angry outbursts, loss of interest in pleasurable things, sleep disturbance, lack of energy, anxiety, slowed thinking, feeling of worthlessness, trouble concentrating, suicidal and unexplained physical issues. These symptoms are severe enough to cause major problems in relationships.