Differentiating Clinical Depression from Depression

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Millions of people internationally suffer from depression at some point in their lives. However, depression can be classified into two, severe or simple. Knowing what makes them different is very important in order to cope with the problem effectively.

Definition: Simple Depression vs Clinical Depression

Simple depression is a normal reaction to things and situations that may or may not be predictable but is affecting the daily life in a negative way. Clinical depression is the severe depression. It is, in fact, a mood disorder that needs to be diagnosed and cured properly. Depression of this kind is of several forms:

  •  Dysthymia – it is a chronic depression. Can not be classified as severe but presents with symptoms that have been enduring for at least a couple of years.


  •  Major clinical depression – a more severe type of depression affecting one’s activities day in and day out. Depression can occur from a few weeks to months.


  •  Bipolar disorder – considered as the most severe form of depression whereby the sufferer goes through irregular periods of mania and depression.

Symptoms: Simple Depression vs Clinical Depression

Whenever a person feels depressed he experiences sad, lonely, or simply “out of it”. The feelings are not intense that is going to affect him in a drastic manner. Many consider a person with simple depression as “having the blues”. However, clinical depression is the even more severe than simple depression. The moods are such that cause physical, behavioral, and emotional changes, such as:

  •  Sleep disruptions.
  •  Changes in eating habits (they could be in the form of overeating or loss of appetite).
  •  Indigestion or stomach problems.
  •  Loss of concentration.
  •  Loss of interest to do anything productive.
  •  Lack of interest in performing basic hygienic practices.
  •  Crying bouts.
  •  Agitation.
  • Feelings of worthlessness.

Duration and Treatment: Simple Depression vs Clinical Depression

Simple depression has a short life span as it could only last for a few days. The person can easily get his usual self without any medical, though changes in one’s daily activities living (including eating habits) can be of great help.

Clinical depression has a longer effect as it could last for months. What even more painful is that it requires medical treatment. Among those people who should experience medical cure are the following:

  •  Psychotherapy. Carried out by a specialist on mental health care, psychotherapy aims in assisting depressed individuals so that they could cope with their depression on a constructive (not destructive) manner. The psychotherapist helps individuals learn in setting and reaching their goals.
  •  Medications. Medications, specifically anti-depressants or mood lifters, recommended to individuals that suffer from depression. These drugs needs prescription and cannot be bought over-the-counter. They have to be taken for months for one so that they could appreciate their positive effects. Negative drug responses that include weight gain and loss of libido have been stated.
  • An Electroconvulsive therapyy. Now this may appear like an extreme procedure, and it can be! Electroconvulsive therapy involves the application of electrodes delivering a current to your brain. The effect can be compared to those people experiencing seizure. However, while it may be effective to manage some symptoms of depression, it can activate memory loss.
  • Vitamins. There seems to be a link between low levels of Vitamins D, B12 and Folic Acid and depression, and so adding some supplement to the diet in reducing the symptoms of depression.
  •  Omega-3 Fatty Acids. These vital fatty acids are especially beneficial in brain development and function. Making sure you have enough of these fatty acids in your system goes a long way to prevent and treat depression symptoms.
  •  Natural Remedies. St. John’s Wort and Kava-Kava are two herbal remedies that are helpful in discouraging depression.
Differentiating Clinical Depression from Depression
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