Difference Between Depression, Major Depression, And Clinical Depression
We face some incident or the other, which makes us depressed for quite a long time. When we are in despair, we don’t think much about any disorder, but when we see our brother, sister or friend in such a depressed mood, we are worried about them that, whether they are suffering from depression. But wait! There is a difference between the usual depression we experience because of a rude answer from a government employee or because we cannot watch our favorite movie because the TV is not working, and major depression! A condition called major depression or clinical depression is far more serious than the usual temporary depression. People suffering from this disorder undergo a continuous and intense depression and loss of interest. From the usual depression, major depression is certainly more critical.
Symptoms of major depression are difficulty in working, studying, sleeping, eating and enjoying with friends or doing any activity. Some people are lucky to have such a depression only once in their life, while there are many unlucky ones which suffer from this condition several times in life.
The difference between depression and major or clinical depression is depression comes and goes, while major or clinical depression stays! Clinical depression is categorized by a depressed mental condition for most of the day and especially in the morning. Symptoms of major depression are fatigue, feeling of worthlessness and guilt, loss of concentration and indecisiveness, insomnia (no sleep) or hypersomnia (excessive sleep), loss of pleasure, restlessness, and slowed down activities for most of the day and remarkable weight loss or gain in a month. But if you want to distinguish depression, from major depression, the major factor is one of the symptoms should be depressed mentality or lack of interest and it should stay for most of the day or everyday and should last for at least two weeks.
This depression is seen alike in adults, children, elderly and teens. Sad part is it often remains undiagnosed and untreated and this happens mainly in elderly and children. Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from major depression. And this is believed to be because of the hormonal up-downs during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, abortion and menopause. Increased responsibilities, careers, tight deadlines of work, and caring for an elderly parent are also contributing factors. Even bringing up a child alone increases the risk.
Men suffering from major depression are ashamed of divulging about their troubles, and therefore, the cases are underreported. Symptoms in men can be anger, irritability, and even alcohol or drug abuse.
But thankfully, major or clinical depression is a treatable disorder. But you should be able to identify it and seek medical help in time. Antidepressants and a specialized talk, known as psychotherapy, are included in the treatment. Sometimes, to enhance the effect of the antidepressants, some other medicines too are prescribed. Thus right diagnosis and getting correct treatment is important in curing major depression.
Henceforth when you see a person with depression, major depression symptoms will help you identify if he or she needs psychiatric treatment and you can be of help in time.