Understanding what clinical depression is and what it is not

The first step in dealing with depression is to understand what it is, and what it is not. Clinical depression occurs more commonly in women than in men, and nearly 15% of the entire population will face this disorder at one point or another.

What it is

So, what exactly is it? People who have never suffered from true depression typically associate it with grief or despair. Clinical depression, however, goes deeper than just typical sadness or feeling depressed for a short while. Though everyone will encounter feelings of grief and despair from time to time, a person suffering from clinical depression will feel that way all the time.

Clinical depression is an illness that can have a devastating impact on the sufferer’s life. If the sufferer does not succeed in dealing with it with proper help and support from friends and family, his or her condition will worsen, possibly leading to eventual suicide. Continue reading


How to help your depressed teenager

Learning how to help someone fight depression can be a daunting task, and even more so when the person trying to overcome the condition is your teenager. Nowadays, depression in teenagers is a common occurrence, especially those who don’t “blend in” with others well.

Teen depression is typically caused by a feeling of inadequacy or a feeling of not fitting in with fellow peers. These include being unpopular or outright bullied, family’s perceived low status in society, getting poor grades, and in the case of teenage boys, being non-athletic and weak, or in the case of teenage girls, not having the “right” body type as portrayed by movies and beauty ads. Sexual preferences can also play a significant part in teen depression.

Common signs and symptoms to be on the lookout for include loss of interest in activities, constant feelings of gloom and helplessness, keeping to oneself and eating/sleeping too much or too little. Some teenagers might also turn to drugs or alcohol to overcome their feelings of being constantly depressed, as these are a form of outlet for their frustration or feelings of loneliness. Continue reading