What is clinical depression?
Everyone has been sad sometime in life. But what happens when sadness becomes a part of your daily life. What happens when the emotional pain is so severe that it takes all joy out of life. What happens when smiling takes an effort. When you battle with such symptoms on a daily basis, it leads to changes in the brain structure.
Clinical Depression is a medical disorder that occurs when changes in brain structure are manifested onto your physical, emotional and psychological self. The most common symptoms being heightened emotional pain, sadness, decreased pleasure and slowing in performing actions.
What are the symptoms of Clinical Depression?
Presence of More than 5 of the following Signs are indicative of CLINICAL DEPRESSION:
1. Depressed or Sad Mood thru most of the day.
2. Decreased interest in most activities of the day.
3. Sleep Problems- Lack of Sleep or Excessive Sleep.
4. Weight Problems- Drastic Increase or Decrease in Weight in last one month.
5. Feeling Restless/ agitated thru out the day.
6. Slowing of thought process and/or slowing of actions.
7. Fatigue or loss of energy thru out the day.
8. Feeling of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt.
9. Decreased Memory Power- decreased in the ability to think, concentrate, inability to take decisions.
10. Thoughts of leaving everything and going away, /or Thoughts of Suicide / Self-Harm.
Why is it a Medical Disorder?
It’s considered a medical problem, because emotional changes influence change in blood circulation through the brain. Within a few months, this faulty blood circulation leads to micro-level changes in brain structure.
If not treated in time, it can lead to permanent changes.
What is the Treatment?
Clinical Depression requires emergency and aggressive treatment. A combination of medications and analytical counselling are the best ways to handle it.
Medications are NO LONGER tranquilizers. New age, non-sedative, non-addictive medications are preferred to give short-term calming effect to the brain, as counselling slowly helps to bring in positive behavioural and emotional impacts into the individual.