Depression and Clinical Depression
We all tend to be depressed from timeto time. This mainly involves being affected by feelings of sadness,loneliness and sorrow. However, these feelings pass over a shortperiod of time and we are again happy and positive. However, thereare cases when depression engulfs a person entirely, interfering withall the normal aspects of his/her life. This situation is calledclinical depression and it needs to be treated medically since itseriously affects one's eating, sleeping and thinking habits.
Thus, it is important to know which thesymptoms of this condition are and how it is best treated, once it isdiagnosed.
Signs of Clinical Depression
It all starts with absence of interestwhen it comes to things in life you used to love. Hobbies and someother things no longer give you the thrill and you willingly exchangethem for doing nothing. Furthermore, you are bound to experienceconcentration issues, along with the loss of appetite. However, insome cases, instead of hardly eating at all, you might start eatingexcessively and become overweight, this condition directly stemmingfrom clinical depression.
Among other symptoms, there isnervousness and irritability, combined with sleeping problems andrestlessness. Moreover, aches and different types of pain may affectyour body. Headaches are the most common. Also, cramps and stomachproblems are likely to take place too.
Finally, you are bound to feelextremely sad and tired, being hopeless, prone to crying andpessimism as well as suicidal tendencies and anxiety.
Clinical Depression Diagnosis
Once you happen to notice the abovementioned symptoms in your behavior, you should seek medicalassistance where you will be subjected to a test which will showwhether you are suffering from clinical depression or not. Namely,you will be asked a set of questions which you have to answer inshort, “yes”, “no”, “sometimes”, “not at all” andother such answers.
All the questions asked are connectedwith the symptoms mentioned previously. Thus, you might be askedabout your hobbies or the things you do in life. Alternatively,sleeping will be a point of interest as well as potential gaining orlosing weight. Once the test is done, the doctor is to see theresults and confirm or deny clinical depression in a patient.
This is hardly a complete diagnosis.Still, if you happen to have negative results, you may have toundergo further analysis and checks before the final, precisediagnosis of your condition is given.