Clinical Depression Therapy

Depression exists on a continuum of severity, ranging from relatively mild, transient states of low mood to severe, long term symptoms that have a major impact on an individual’s quality of life. When a person’s symptoms have reached the chronic end of the spectrum and require professional treatment, it’s typically referred to as clinical depression.

Symptoms

People experience depression in different forms. Some people only have a few symptoms, while others have many. Some symptoms might get better over time while others may get worse.

It’s important to work with your mental health therapist to identify which depression symptoms you experience and determine the best approach to treating them. For each type of clinical depression, as well as the various subtypes, there are some symptoms or features that are common in those who experience it. These symptoms include:

  • Appetite changes, weight loss or gain
  • Trouble sleeping (too much or too little)
  • Feeling “slowed down” or being excessively agitated
  • Tiredness, fatigue, lack of energy
  • Physical symptoms and pain (such as body aches, stomach upset, headaches)
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Problems with concentration or focus
  • Inability to make decisions or poor decision-making
  • Thinking about death or dying; planning or attempting suicide

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