Super sad? Melancholic even? In deep despair? Chances are, your clinical depression has come and has been elevated to such a level that it becomes burdensome and disruptive to your social functioning or even your mundane daily life activities. Clinical depression is more serious than the usual feelings of being depressed that you sometimes encounter. You should understand clinical depression symptoms for your fast recovery.
What are the symptoms of clinical depression?
The constant mood of being depressed and even anhedonia are the primary clinical depression symptoms. These two when combined with other symptoms are sufficient to warrant a closer look. Those other manifestations may come in the form of overwhelming feelings of despair and loneliness, fear, or emotional vacuum or emptiness.
A disappearance of the interest and enthusiasm for activities, even daily tasks, that used to be cursory and routine yet pleasurable enough, is another symptom of clinical depression. Appetite loss or change, when resulting in either loss or gain in weight, need to be looked at also.
If there is insomnia, disturbed or irregular sleep patterns, hypersomnia, then there must be some form or type of clinical depression or the other. Swings will go from agitation to lethargy. Guilt-feelings, hopelessness, pessimism, lack of self-esteem and intense feelings of worthlessness, isolation and anxiety all add up to one alarming clinical depression state. Inability to focus or to be attentive is another symptom, especially when this affects decision making, cognition, even memory.
Suicidal tendencies ranging from ideation or imagination of dying to actual suicide attempts or planning for supposed suicides are severe manifestations. At this stage, a lot of attention is really necessary for the patient.
There are still other symptoms that need to be taken account in evaluation and diagnosis. Self-loathing is worrisome enough, as is the plunge of one's self-esteem. Sometimes even personal hygiene is sacrificed because of the lethargic depression. Other depressed persons are averse or overly sensitive to noise. Still others suffer from abnormal pains, fear of going crazy, loss of perception of time, uncontrollable crying or sobbing, and other behavioral changes: aggression, hyperactivity, irritability, panic, excessive irrational fear, even procrastination may be indications of underlying clinical depression.
Other clinically depressed adolescents or adults may use or abuse drugs and alcohol when left on their own to fend for their own depression. Destructive behavior for teens may set in, like self-harm tendencies and eating disorders. Milder symptoms, but also possible severe symptoms later, may simply be a lost appetite, a little irritability, nightmares during sleep, learning disability or problem memorizing, and other behavioral changes like social panic, isolation, aggression, or even withdrawal from social circles.
With all those worrisome symptoms, it's a wonder anybody ever eases out of his or her depression. Good news is, there are a number of treatment modes readily available to treat clinical depression.
Treatments available for you
Clinical depression must be treated. This is a high-risk mental disorder in that a person afflicted with it has the urge to harm self and even those he loves. Before a person with clinical depression gets violent and unstoppable, he must seek professional help.
First and foremost a person with clinical depression can not cope on his own. He needs medications to clear his minds of negative and worrying thoughts.
A few weeks after the medication has taken effect and suicidal thoughts have been erased from his mind, he must submit himself to psychotherapy and group therapy to know the root cause of depression. Talk therapy is the only way that a depressed person can blurt out the cause of his depression. In fact, often he doesn't know how he came about his current situation. Talk therapy will unearth these repressed emotions hidden in the subconscious
With continued therapy, both medications and talk therapy, a person with major depression can get well soon. Remember, when clinical depression symptoms strike, immediately seek for professional help to avoid any untoward incidents from happening.