Anxiety And Tension

A Brief Overview of Clinical Depression

Depression is one of the most common maladies that plague our lives. It is more common than most of us usually think. In America, one-eighth of all men and one-fourth of all women suffer from prolonged spans of depression. It does not even spare children. Every four in a hundred children  suffer from depression. However, adult clinical depression is more intense than the form that takes place in children.

Clinical depression is not similar to the small-scale mood swings  that we undergo every now and then.. It is much more serious. Occasional  blues are not incidents of  clinical depression. When a person continues to be gloomy and non-responsive over an extended period, then the problem is serious enough to be looked into.

Such behavior may be diagnosed as clinical depression. Each aspect of an individual’s daily life suffers. Professional, behavioral and academic performance is affected. It can also have an impact on health and appearance.

Some researches have proven that adult clinical depression can be attributed in certain cases to genetic factors or predisposition.  In many cases, it may run in the family. There are other causes as well. Most cases of depression can be attributed to adverse psychological experiences.

Any type of traumatic experience such as sexual or childhood experience can spark off depression at a later stage in life. An individual’s inability to handle stress can result in serious bouts of depression, which, over a period may degenerate into clinical depression.

Clinical depression is of many types. Some patients have no interest in daily activities. There is a serious form of it which is known as bipolar depression. A person suffering from it swings between two extremes. At times, the individual may be bubbling with enthusiasm. On the other hand, there are times when the individual will revert to his or her shell and be non-responsive.

However, the positive aspect is that depression is curable. The only problem is recognizing the symptoms in time. People often procrastinate approaching a doctor because they do not know what they are suffering from. Expert help, guidance and treatment can cure depression in most cases.