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What is the difference between clinical depression and just depression?

What is the difference between clinical depression and just depression?

Terms: Clinical depression, or major depression, consists of at least two weeks of feeling depressed alongside 4 of the following: changes in sleep, changes in appetite, low energy, poor concentration, feelings of guilt, lack of enjoyment, suicidal thoughts, and moving slower/faster than normal. Feeling sad or down just by itself is generally normal. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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I want to know what is the difference between clinical depression that needs treating, and just regularly being depressed?

I want to know what is the difference between clinical depression that needs treating, and just regularly being depressed?

Severity/functioning: Depressed mood is a normal part of life. It becomes a disorder when it lasts abnormally long (far outlives the depressing life event or circumstances) or when it becomes so severe that it affects your level of functioning (work, relationships) or affects your health (can't sleep, low energy, etc.) see a doctor and discuss what you're going through to get an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the difference between clinical depression and reactive depression?

What is the difference between clinical depression and reactive depression?

Not a diagnosis: Clinical depression is not a formal diagnosis, it just means depression (whatever the cause) is severe enough to warrant treatment. "reactive" depression is a reaction to a specific event-- a loss, a specific life setback or stress-- in someone who had not previously been experiencing depression. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between "clinical" depression and mild/major depression?

I want to know what is the difference between "clinical" depression and mild/major depression?

Mostly just words: Major depression is a diagnosis -symptoms that meet specific criteria. Mild means it is mild-not severe. Clinical depression is a term that means in actual fact you feel "depressed"-typically sad, hopeless, maybe some biological symptoms of sleep, appetite, energy and thinking problems -mild suggests that one is not suicidal. ...Read more

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What is the difference between clinical depression and dysthymic disorder?

What is the difference between clinical depression and dysthymic disorder?

A few specifics: Clinical depression is a term that can encompass a number of so-called depressive disorders found in the dsm-iv-tr. They typically involve symptoms like depressed mood, loss of interest, sleep changes, sadness, feelings of worthlessness, and others. Dysthymic disorder is a more specific depressive disorder involving low-grade depression more days than not for 2 years in adults, 1 year in children. ...Read more

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What is the difference between clinical depression and schizoid personality disorder?

What is the difference between clinical depression and schizoid personality disorder?

Depression: Both can show avoidance and withdrawal and isolation with blunted affect, but depression also shows vegetative symptoms such as change in sleep/appetite/energy, and thoughts of despair &self-harm. ...Read more

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What's the difference between clinical depression and depression.

What's the difference between clinical depression and depression.

Same Condition: They may be used interchangeably and both are benefited by talk therapy and sometimes medication. If feeling sad, isolated, irritable, hopeless, sleeping too much or not enough, tired, or having thoughts of death- any symptom is serious. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between clinical depression, and being stressed out?

How can you tell the difference between clinical depression, and being stressed out?

A few warning signs: Clinical depression has 5 or more of the following, daily, for most of the day, for 2 or more weeks: depressed mood, no interest in previously enjoyable acts, lack of/excessive sleep, excessive guilt/worthlessness, decreased energy, decreased concentration, decreased/increased appetite, agitation or its opposite-slowing, thoughts of deat/suicide. It must include depressed mood or loss of interest. ...Read more

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Tell me the difference between clinical depression and the depression caused by an illness like hypothyroidism?

Similar: The symptoms of clinical depression vs. Hypothyroid depression are very similar but the treatments are different. A new patient with depression symptoms should have their thyroid function tested to rule it out as a cause. The depression caused by the thyroid condition will respond well to thyroid medication not antidepressants. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between reactive depression and clinical depression?

I want to know what is the difference between reactive depression and clinical depression?

Imperfect terms: Both are imperfect terms, but to me "clinical depression' implies that a person meets diagnostic criteria of a depressive mood episode, while 'reactive depression' implies a clinician's opinion that a person's depression might be the result of external stress. Officially, psychiatry does not make this distinction. ...Read more

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What is the difference between melancholic depression and clinical depression?

What is the difference between melancholic depression and clinical depression?

Semantics: Melancholia is a term dating back to the 4 humors recognized by the ancient greeks & continued for millennia. The current preferred medical terminology is clinical depression or major depressive disorder. But it's just a matter of words, all meaning the same thing. ...Read more

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What's the difference between reactive depression vs clinical depression?

Maybe little: Traditionally "clinical depression" is what we call major depression and was thought to be what was responsive to medication as the person's depression doesn't change with the environment eg would still be depressed if won the lottery. But medications help even some reactive depressions since some people over react to situations. This is common in atypical depression. See my book on amazon. Com. ...Read more

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What's the difference between melancholic depression and clinical depression? Are they the same diagnosis?

What's the difference between melancholic depression and clinical depression? Are they the same diagnosis?

Yes: They are the same...Sort of. Melancholic depression is a sub-type of clinical depression, like how mustangs are a type of ford automobile. ...Read more

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Is clinical depression painful to the body, or just in the mind?

Is clinical depression painful to the body, or just in the mind?

Not in general: Depression is not usually physically painful. However. Some people experience their depression as bodily aches and pains plus their other symptoms. Depression can affect the perception of pain. Pain can worsen depression. ...Read more

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What to if I am just wondering if clinical depression has ever developed into psychosis for anyone?

Possible: Depression can be associated with psychotic symptoms like hallucinations and delusions. This is often called depression with secondary psychosis. However, you would need to see a psychiatrist for a better evaluation as certain criteria need to be met for that diagnosis to be made (e.g. Ruling out effects of medications, timing of depression/psychosis, etc). ...Read more

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How common is clinical depression?

How common is clinical depression?

Very common: About 1 out of every 9 people are clinically depressed and about 1/3 of all people have an episode of depression during their life. ...Read more

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How to know if I have clinical depression?

How to know if I have clinical depression?

Seek psychiatric: Eval. Depression sx’s can include feeling sad, irritable or angry; v in sex drive ; energy or motivation levels. One may socially isolate or stop involvement in normal activities. Sleep, appetite ; weight may ^ or v. Concentration, memory ; self esteem may v with an absence of joy, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness. There may be crying spells or thoughts of death or suicide. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is clinical depression?

What sort of disease is clinical depression?

Biological Problem: The term "clinical depression" is usually understood to mean a set of symptoms that are thought to be related to changes or problems in brain chemistry. Therefore, clinical or major depression is largely considered to be a physical or biological problem. However, it is clear that environmental factors can either worsen or improve depressive symptoms. ...Read more

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Is some form of clinical depression inherited?

Is some form of clinical depression inherited?

Yes: Depression is the result of biopsychosocial factors. Genetics, environment, and your own temperament all play a role. ...Read more

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Is there a cure to severe clinical depression?

Is there a cure to severe clinical depression?

Yes: It may take awhile to find treatments that work sustainably for you, but please don't lose hope. Psychiatrists know many medications, and combining/augmenting them may arrive at a regimen that truly benefits you. Psychotherapy is an essential part of treatment, and increases effectiveness substantially. There are also transcranial magnetic stimulation, ect, and still other possibilities. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Major Depression (Definition)

A more severe form of depression, also known as major depression or major depressive disorder. It isn't the same as depression caused by a loss, such as the death of a loved one, or a medical condition, such ...Read more