Major Depressive Disorder, often referred to as ‘Clinical Depression’ is a type of mood disorder. It can vary in its severity and precise patterns from person to person but there are common symptoms that psychiatrists have identified.
Depression is sometimes an overused term. People may say they ‘feel depressed’ when referring to a passing low mood; at the end of a holiday or after Christmas for instance. However, actually being depressed in the clinical sense is something quite different.
Clinical Depression (Major Depressive Disorder) can be incredibly disorienting and debilitating.
It can affect a person physically, mentally and emotionally. It can drain your energy, making it literally difficult to get out of bed. It can get in the way of your ability to work, sleep, and enjoy close relationships. It is real, and quite complex. It is not something you ‘choose’ to have, nor something you can simply ‘snap out of’.