Mental Health Series: Clinical Depression
Sadness is a natural and inevitable emotion but when sadness persists and you are unable to lead a fulfilled life, becomes an illness. Get an overview of one of the most prevalent and stigmatized illnesses in our country.
Clinical depression, also called major depressive disorder, affects an estimated 10% of the American population daily. One of the greatest dangers of clinical depression is its hidden nature; an estimated 80-90% of people struggling with the illness don’t seek professional help or mental health medication assistance.
Individuals affected by clinical depression are saddled with serious and chronic emotional, physical, and behavioral symptoms. Typically, doctors diagnose patients with clinical depression if they have been struggling with some of the following symptoms daily for at least two weeks:
Physical depression symptoms:
- Disrupted sleep (insomnia, oversleeping)
- Chronic fatigue
- Extreme eating habits (overeating, appetite loss)
- Persistent headaches, cramps, or body pains
- Sudden bursts of crying or emotional distress
- Suicidal thoughts
- Loss of interest in work, social life, or pastimes
- Neglect in personal appearance
- Sadness or hopelessness
- Short temper
Living with depression is an uphill battle, and no one should have to go through it alone. Many doctors recommend that patients take antidepressants to help cope with the illness. Professional counseling is also a valuable depression treatment avenue to explore. Simplefill can make sure you have the access you need to mental health prescription assistance.
If you’re living with depression, seek help today—and know that we’re here to help you receive the treatment you need to live your most fulfilling life.