Clinical depression symptoms : feelings interfering with
everyday life

Clinical Depression symptoms may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. But true clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger,or frustration interfere with everyday life for an extended time.

Depression is generally ranked in terms of severity, mild, moderate, or severe. The degree of your depression, which your doctor can determine, influences how you are treated. Clinical depression symptoms include:

  • Trouble sleeping or excessive sleeping
  • A dramatic change in appetite, often with weight gain or loss
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness, self-hate, and inappropriate guilt
  • Extreme difficulty concentrating
  • Agitation, restlessness, and irritability
  • Inactivity and withdrawal from usual activities
  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
  • Low self esteem is common with depression. So are sudden bursts of anger and lack of pleasure from activities that normally make you happy, including sex.

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Depressed children may not have the classic clinical depression symptoms of adults. Watch especially for changes in school erformance, sleep, and behavior. If you wonder whether your child might be depressed, it's worth bringing to a doctor's attention.

The main types of depression include:

Major depression

Five or more clinical depression symptoms listed above must be present for at least 2 weeks, but major depression tends to continue for at least 6 months. (Depression is classified as minor depression if less than five depressive symptoms are present for at least 2 weeks.)


A chronic, generally milder form of depression but lasts longer -- usually as long as two years.

Atypical depression

Condition accompanied by unusual clinical depression symptoms, such as hallucinations (for example, hearing voices that are not really there) or delusions (irrational thoughts).

Other common forms of depression

  • Postpartum depression -- many women feel somewhat down after having a baby, but true postpartum depression is rare.
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) -- depressive symptoms occur one week prior to menstruation and disappear after you menstruate.
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) -- occurs during the fall-winter season and disappears during the spring-summer season. Likely to be due to lack of sunlight.

Depression may also occur with mania (known as manic-depression or bipolar disorder). In this condition, moods cycle between mania and depression.

Clinical depression symptoms are more common in women than men and is especially common during the teen years. Men seem to seek help for feelings of depression less often than women. Therefore, women may only have more documented cases of depression.

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