Understanding Clinical Depression

May 21, 2019 | Depression, Mental Health

Clinical Depression is a term that is sometimes used to describe a Major Depressive Episode. When someone is clinically depressed, they feel down all day every day. They often feel hopeless and begin to wonder “what’s the point of living.” They may become “weepy” or cry for no apparent reason. They often feel like they are “in a fog” or like they are “walking in the mud” where every movement feels difficult and exhausting. Some people describe it as being in a “dark place” where they can’t see “any hope” for the future. As a result, they frequently begin to contemplate suicide or have repeated thoughts of dying. In addition, people who are clinically depressed have difficulty making decisions and are often isolated from those around them. Some of the most common symptoms of clinical depression are:

  • Depressed mood
  • Feelings of sadness
  • Crying for no apparent reason
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Feelings of irrational guilt
  • Loss of interest in activities that normally bring enjoyment
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Irritable
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Increased or new physical pain

It is important to understand that clinical depression is much more than a temporary feeling of sadness. When someone is clinically depressed, they experience a great deal of emotional pain and they often struggle to maintain even basic levels of functioning. Fortunately, there is help for clinical depression. For most people, therapy and/or medication can alleviate the symptoms of depression and help a person return to a healthier state of living.

New Dimensions Can Help!

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the above symptoms or problems, New Dimensions can help. Our team of experienced therapists and psychiatrists can help you overcome these challenges and help you develop the skills you need to thrive. To schedule a complementary assessment or to find out more about our programs, contact us at 1-800-685-9796.

Our affiliate, MHThrive, provides Individual Therapy, Couples and Marriage Counseling, and Family Therapy at our locations in Katy, The Woodlands, and the Clear Lake area of Houston, Texas. We also provide telehealth therapy for anyone who resides within the State of Texas. To schedule an appointment with one of the MHThrive therapists, contact us at 713-477-0333 or visit www.mhthrive.com to learn more.