Depression is more than a feeling of just feeling down, unhappy, or sad at times. Depression is when one experiences these feelings for a prolonged period. It can linger on for days, weeks, or even months. Depression has a few types depending on how and when it affects an individual, and one of those types is Clinical Depression or Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Clinical Depression is one of the severe types of depression, affecting the person in different harsh ways.
It can start with minor symptoms and then take turns into life-altering symptoms. These include but are surely not limited to:
- Fatigue or tiredness
- Loss of Appetite
- Low Concentration
- Substance Abuse
- Anhedonia (Not feeling any pleasure from life)
- Suicidal Thoughts
A few of these symptoms are first noticed by people around the individual before the patient even realizes that it is affecting their life. One of the constant things that one feels is having low energy all day or feeling of tiredness. Even if one gets enough sleep at night or during the day, individual will still feel as they have been up for hours. Restlessness also creeps up on with having little or no desire to eat. The individual lose interest in the things that once made them happy or brought them peace. Small things can throw one into fits of range and reacting aggressively. In the end, it just drives one to have suicidal thoughts where they end up thinking that dying is the only way to get out of this mess.
This severe stage of depression is caused by a sudden loss of a loved one or some major change in your life. Maybe one start having feelings of uncertainty because one may just have graduated, moved to another city/country, or lost a job, and since they don’t know what’s going to happen in the future this scares them. People who have been through a traumatic experience can also start suffering from Clinical Depression. Some people who have been abused – emotionally, physically, or sexually – can also start suffering from it since it can take a great toll on your mental health.
Effects and Treatment
Depression can ruin one’s life in so many ways. It affects one’s relationships, health, your work, and even their time with yourself. People suffering from it start isolating themselves since it is too much for them to carry conversations with people. One of the common things people do is that they start substance abuse; they start drinking, smoking, and taking drugs as an escape. It gets harder for their loved ones to talk or communicate with them. Even if they try, their depression doesn’t let them do it because it can be such a difficult thing to make others understand. The feeling of lack of interest only makes living duller.
Taking prescribed medications for it can help get through it. The support of loved ones and extra care goes a long way with people in such distress. Taking better care of oneself will lead to good choices and better health.