Major Depressive Disorder

What is a Major Depressive Episode?

A Major Depressive Episode is more than just feeling sad or “going through a rough time.” It is characterized by feeling down, worthless, and hopeless for more than two weeks. Depressive episodes affect day to day functioning, motivation, and concentration, which can be very distressing.

What are the symptoms of a Major Depressive Episode?

  • Changes in sleep
  • Changes in appetite
  • Lack of concentration
  • Loss of energy
  • Lack of interest and pleasure in activities
  • Hopelessness
  • Feelings of guilt or low self-worth
  • Feeling agitated or slowed down
  • Physical symptoms like headaches, digestive disorders, and aches and pains 
  • Suicidal thoughts or intentions

What are the causes and risk factors associated with a Major Depressive Episode?

Depression does not have one single cause and varies person to person. The following causes may contribute to the development of depression:

What are the treatment options for individuals with Depression?

Depression is highly treatable and treatments often consist of addressing problematic thought patterns, antidepressant drugs, and even mindfulness meditation.

Want more information? 

National Institute of Mental Health

American Psychiatric Association

American Psychological Association

Mental Health America

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