What are common “clinical depression symptoms”?
Depression ranges in seriousness from mild, temporary episodes of sadness to severe, persistent depression. Doctors use the term “clinical depression” to describe the more severe, persistent form of depression also known as “major depression” or “major depressive disorder.” Signs and symptoms of clinical depression may include:
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Persistent sadness or feeling of emptiness
- Sleep disturbances
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Loss of concentration
- Suicidal thoughts or behavior
For most forms of depression, symptoms improve with psychological counseling, antidepressant medications or a combination of the two. Antidepressants can relieve symptoms of depression, while counseling may help you cope with ongoing problems that may trigger or contribute to depression.
If you have severe depression, or counseling and medications don’t relieve your symptoms, you may benefit from electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) — a procedure in which electric currents are passed through the brain.
Other, newer treatments also show promise for difficult-to-treat depression. These include vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and deep brain stimulation (DBS). These treatments both affect the mood center of the brain with electrical currents that pass through surgically implanted electrodes. Another new treatment, called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), was recently approved by the FDA. It uses strong magnets to stimulate the parts of the brain that affect mood.
There are also many self help treatments such as stress reduction therapies, hypnosis, products and books to help individuals provide ways to reduce the onset of depression and stress in your life.
The following Hypnosis program helps to deal with these conditions:
or if it has to do with anxiety and panic, try one of these:
Lastly, if your issue is fear based, you may wish to look at this:
Understand, doing nothing is not a solution. Try one of the possible solutions presented and at least start on a path that can lead to learning how to deal with some of the issues. I wish you well and hope this has been helpful.