Depression is a mood disorder that has become very common among our
society. Chances are, each of us know someone who suffers from depression or are afflicted with it themselves. Depression is a psychological mood disorder in which a person has a constant overpowering combination of feelings like sadness, worthlessness and even, lack of pleasure for
interest they have once enjoyed. A person that suffers from depression may also have other feelings such as extreme guilt, failure or general misfortune. If the case is significant enough, the depression can also affect other functions and aspects of life, such as sleep and sexual libido.
Everyone has the ability to get upset and perhaps, even depressed when something
unfortunate happens in their life. Understanding the reasons and recognizing if there is a pattern
or constant depressive condition that is different than “normal” sadness, is important.
Determining whether the depression is considered regular sadness (what is deemed “normal”) or
an actual mood disorder or what doctors call “clinical depression” is deciphered by a psychiatric
professional. A person that has a predisposition for depression cannot most likely be “cured”, but
in many cases, their disorder can be maintained successfully.
Since depression is of the most diagnosed mood disorder, there are now different methods of
treatment, depending on the person, severity and even age. A psychiatric professional such as a
psychologist, would be consulted to take steps in finding out if the person who is down, actually
has clinical depression. When evaluating an individual for depression many factors are noted.
Current lifestyle, recent changes and unfortunate circumstances must all be weighed in to their
determinations. If there has not been what would be thought of as reasons for sadness, like a
life altering situation (like the death of a loved one) or the person has been sad for an extended
period of time, they may...