Definition Of Depressed


To understand "depressed" is to understand depression, a mental illness that impacts the way individuals think about themselves, other people and their surroundings. It involves both physical and mental symptoms, and it affects the way people eat, sleep and carry on throughout the day.

The word "depressed" is often used in casual conversation but there's a big difference between, "I feel depressed," or, "That's so depressing," and clinical depression.

Depression is an illness

Common indicators of depression are as follows: loss of interest in doing things you once found enjoyable, loss of appetite, severe weight loss or weight gain, anorexia or overeating, loss of emotional expression, constant sadness, empty moods, random mood changes, feelings of hopelessness, never-ending pessimism, strange feelings of despair, unexpected fatigue, low energy levels, insomnia and sleep disturbances.

Depression can affect the way people operate, eat, sleep and enjoy activities they used to enjoy. Dysthymia, while not as severe, tends to last a longer period of time and can prevent individuals from functioning well and/or experiencing joy.

Clinical depression is a critical disorder that is too often taken lightly by the general public who might use the word "depressed" to describe their feelings after a bad day. If you or any member of your family is suffering from clinical depression, professional medical care may be warranted. According to recent studies, nearly 12 percent of males and 25 percent of females suffer from depression at some point in their lifetimes.


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