exists if the patient exhibits daily, for more than two weeks, five of the nine DSM-IV symptoms, which include lack of interest in usual activities, depressed moods, insomnia or hypersomnia, weight changes, inability to concentrate, restlessness or lethargy, loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, and thoughts of suicide. cognitive therapy trains the patient to compare distorted thoughts to demonstrable facts in the outside world. "I am worthless" is an idea that can probably be disputed by gathering objective evidence.
a physical/mental state of depression that meets the criteria accepted by most clinicians and which lasts two weeks or longer.
a state of depression and anhedonia so severe as to require clinical intervention
a combination of these symptoms which persist for longer than three weeks and cause failure in the person's environments of home, work (school), or play
A low mood which is deeper than is normal and which continues for an abnormally long time.
A condition characterized by profound periods of despair accompanied by weight fluctuations, fatigue, and listlessness.
Clinical, or major, depression is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way a person functions, eats and sleeps, feels about herself, and thinks about things. Depression is not the same as a passing "down" mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. This condition can be treated with medication and counseling.
Also known as major depression or major depressive disorder. A medical condition characterized by persistent emotional symptoms such as sadness, loss of pleasure, feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, and thoughts of suicide or death, as well as persistent physical symptoms with no known cause, including headaches, digestive problems, and aches and pains. Clinical depression is one type of depressive disorder.
State in which depression requires clinical treatment.
The real thing as far as depressives and bipolars are concerned. A feeling of fatigue and overwhelming sadness that transcends normal grief or unhappiness. You can't just "snap out of this": this is caused by chemical imbalances in the brain.
Clinical depression (also called major depressive disorder, or sometimes unipolar when compared with bipolar disorder) is a state of intense sadness, melancholia or despair that has advanced to the point of being disruptive to an individual's social functioning and/or activities of daily living. Although a low mood or state of dejection that does not affect functioning is often colloquially referred to as depression, clinical depression is a clinical diagnosis and may be different from the everyday meaning of "being depressed." Many people identify the feeling of being depressed as "being blue," "feeling sad for no reason", or "having no motivation to do anything."