Depression Pocket Guide

Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is classified as a mood disorder usually involving sadness, apathy and low energy. It can be transient and situational (due to temporary events) or persistent and long lasting. Its symptoms and impact on life can range from mild to severe. When depression is severe it can increase the risk of suicide, which is currently the second leading cause of death among 12–29-year-olds. Both sadness/grief (without depression) and depression can cause an individual to withdraw from their day-to-day activities and experience intense hopelessness, however, there is a clinical distinction between the two. The American Psychological Association states: ”If a person’s feelings of sadness last for two weeks or longer, and if they interfere with daily life activities, something more serious than ‘feeling blue’ may be going on.”

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