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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Depression: Striving to be Blissful

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Major depressive disorder, also known as major depression, unipolar depression, clinical depression, or simply depression, is a psychiatric disorder typified by a insidious low mood, loss of concern in a person's usual activities and lessened ability to experience bliss. The diagnosis is made if a person has suffered one or more major depressive episodes. The beginning is regularly in early- to mid-adulthood. Diagnosis is based on the patient's self-reported practices and observed behavior; there is no laboratory test for major depression. The course varies extensively: it can be a once-in-a-lifetime event or have manifold recurrences; it can appear either steadily or unexpectedly; and can either last for a few months or be a life-long disorder.

Although the term "depression" is generally used by laypeople to describe a impermanent depressed mood, when a person may feel sad or "down", major depression is a severe and frequently disabling condition that can appreciably affect a person's work, family and school life, sleeping and eating habits, general health and ability to take pleasure in life. Depression is a chief risk factor for suicide; in addition, people with depression endure from higher mortality from other causes. Clinical depression may be secluded or be a secondary result of a primary condition such as bipolar disorder or chronic pain. When specific treatment is indicated, it usually consists of psychotherapy and antidepressants.


Colin Campbell said...

Reading that made me sad. Diagnosed in few paragraphs and a lifetime to deal with it.