CLINICAL DEPRESSION

 Clinical Depression, also known as Major Depressive Disorder, is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Clinical depression is characterized by intense and persistent sadness that causes significant impairment of day-to-day life. This disorder is accompanied by a range of symptoms, which may include mood swings, loss of interests, problems sleeping, changes in appetite, lower self-esteem, decreased energy levels, suicidal ideation, somatic symptoms, and co-existing disorders. More listed below.

 
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Agitation
Apathy
Anxiety
Agitation
Discontent
Excessive crying
Excessive Hunger
Extreme Sadness
Fatigue
Feeling crazy
Guilt

Hopelessness
Hopelessness
Irritability
Intrusive Thoughts
Indecisiveness
Insomnia
Lack of appetite
Lack of concentration
Lack of interest
Losing control
Mood swings
Poor Hygiene

Restlessness

Social Anxiety and Isolation

Slowness

Suicidal Ideation

Sex drive changes

Feelings of Worthlessness

Weight Gain or Loss

Unexplained chronic pain, headaches, back pain, etc.

 

STIGMA AROUND CLINICAL DEPRESSION

Misconception vs. Reality

"Clinical Depression is just sadness"

Clinical Depression has a wide variety of symptoms.


"Clinical Depression only occurs on adults"

Clinical Depression doesn’t discriminate. Next slide will show statistics.


"Clinical Depression needs to have a specific trigger"

Clinical Depression can have no trigger/event cause. Causes may include biochemistry, genetics, personality, environmental and many factors.


"Clinical Depression can be treated with positive mindset"

4. Clinical depression is not just intentional negative thinking. It is uncontrollable, and magnified negative thoughts about virtually everything. “Just smiling” or “thinking differently” is not a logical or helpful solution.

"Medication will change you and you need to take it forever"

Medication changes your brain chemistry not your persona. 

"Everyone with Clinical Depression hates people"

People with Clinical Depression tend to isolate because they believe they are a burden. It is likely to love being with others, have many friends, or bean extrovert


"Clinical Depression is not treatable and therapy won’t help"

Clinical Depression treatments like psychotherapy or medication improved quality of life for many.


"If you are “strong” you can “snap out of it” or it will go away on its own"

Clinical Depression doesn’t discriminate and is a serious medical condition. 

 

CLINICAL DEPRESSION STATISTICS

Approx. 246 million people in the world struggle with depression

in the US....

  • 8.7% of women have depression.

  • 5.3% of men have depression.

  • 8.7% of women have depression.

  • 5.3% of men have depression.

  • 3.1 million young people between the ages of 12 and 17 have experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year in the US.

  • 2% to 3% of children ages 6 to 12 may have serious depression.

  • 20% of adolescent girls have experienced a major depressive episode.

  • 6.8% of adolescent boys have experienced a major depressive episode.

  • 71% of adolescents who experienced a major depressive episode in the past year experienced a severe impairment.

  • 60% of children and adolescents with depression are not getting 

  • any type of treatment.

  • 19% of children with depression saw a healthcare professional for treatment.https://www.verywellmind.com/depression-statistics-everyone-should-know-4159056 

 

RESOURCES TO LEARN MORE

Project Calendula is intended to be a prelude for your mental health journey by guiding your education and advocacy. We are not a mental health service. 

If you or someone you know are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.): 800-273-8255

If you or someone you know are struggling, please visit the resources at the bottom of this section to find a mental health professional near you.


Please visit any of the following websites for further information on mental illness education.

MAYO CLINIC

Learn more about signs, symptoms, treatment, causes and more here

PSYCHIATRY

Visit Psychiatry to get an overview on Major Depression.

HELP GUIDE

To learn more about treatment and self-care, visit help guide below.

 
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