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Clinical Depression



Clinical depression is the term used to describe a persistent state of sadness, loss of energy, sense of hopelessness, and loss of interest in life activities. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it is experienced by approximately 7% of the US population—about 17 million people—at any given time. In other words, it is a widely shared experience. It can emerge from repeated difficult life events, physiological changes, or biological deficiencies. Someone experiencing chronic depression can feel a deep sense of behavioral and mental apathy, and this can cause them to disengage from activities that might rebuild confidence and energy. One often feels a loss of value and a sense of ungroundedness or of being stuck. However, there have been many breakthroughs in our understanding of and treatments for clinical depression.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.

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What Is Depression? - Helen M. Farrell

Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world; in the United States, close to ten percent of adults struggle with the disease. But because it’s a mental illness, it can be a lot harder to understand than, say, high cholesterol. Helen M.

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The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms.

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What Is Clinical Depression?

Depression exists on a continuum of severity, ranging from relatively mild, transient states of low mood to severe, long term symptoms that have a major impact on a person’s quality of life.

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“I’m Fine”—Learning to Live with Depression | Jake Tyler | TEDxBrighton

Jake is 31 and lives with Depression. Last year Jake embarked on a journey to manage his mental health in a new way, through exercise, sharing and the great outdoors.

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Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person

Depression is a havoc-wreaking illness that masquerades as personal failing and hijacks your life.

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It Takes Time with Major Depression

I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder when I was 18 years old, after about three years of suffering alone.

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Depression Is a Disease of Civilization: Stephen Ilardi at TEDxemory

Dr. Stephen Ilardi is a professor of clinical psychology and the author of The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression Without Drugs. He earned his Ph.D.

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The Long Night: Readings and Stories to Help You through Depression

When you're in the midst of terrible depression, the days and weeks can feel like an eternity. This book is for those who are in the long night of depression. It does not promise healing or deliverance; it is not a guide to praying away the depression.

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Major Depression (Unipolar Depression)

Major depressive disorder can often be treated for better quality of life.

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How Do You Know If You Have Depression?

Depression is a serious illness that affects over 300 million people worldwide. What exactly causes depression?

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WHAT MIGHT HELP

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The information offered here is not a substitute for professional advice. Please proceed with care and caution.

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