Millions of Americans struggle with the feelings of despair, sadness, and hopelessness associated with depression. Depression (also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working.
It’s normal to have periods of disappointment, frustration, sadness, or emptiness, especially following a major event like a death or divorce. Persistent, debilitating mental sadness that changes how you feel, think, and act is something more than an episode of the “blues.”
Depression is a chronic, health-altering mental condition that can threaten your well-being, relationships, and life.
Symptoms of depression include overwhelming sadness that persists for several weeks. In addition, you might experience:
If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, it could indicate depression. Depression and anxiety often go hand-in-hand. You may suffer excessive worry, paranoia, and panic attacks along with depressive symptoms.
Depression doesn’t always have just one cause. It may arise due to:
Depression may also arise due to other mood disorders, including bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
At Amavi, your provider will work with you to determine the best treatment plan. The first line of treatment is often antidepressant medications and psychotherapy.