Major Depressive DIsorder By: Christian Terrell

What is Major Depressive Disorder?

Major Depressive Disorder, also known by the names Major Depression, or Clinical Depression, is having persistent and intense feelings of sadness for extended period of times. It can impact your mood, behavior, and even some physical functions such as appetite, sleep, and other things.

How is Major Depressive Disorder treated?

Major Depression can be treated using antidepressants. Every person´s body reacts differently to different medications, and therefor the exact antidepressants or combination of medications can take awhile to find. If one antidepressant isn´t working for you, that doesn´t mean another will not work either. Besides antidepressants, this can be treated using psychotherapy, or talk therapy, where you talk with a therapist.

Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder

Major Depression is diagnosed using the DSM-5 guidelines which is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals. The picture below is a list of symptoms used to diagnose Major Depressive Disorder.

Suicide Prevention

People with Major Depression can also cause people to get suicidal thoughts, if you or someone you know is suicidal please call the national suicide help line at 1-800-273-8255.

Risk Signs for Suicide include the following:

  • Always talking or thinking about death
  • Clinical depression -- deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating -- that gets worse
  • Losing interest in things one used to care about
  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • Saying things like "it would be better if I wasn't here" or "I want out"
  • Sudden, unexpected switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy
  • Talking about suicide or killing one's self
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye

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