The word "depression" is often wrongly used. We use the word to describe normal low moods that have identifiable causes. It is an insult to those who truly suffer this illness. So what benchmarks describe clinical depression?
You may not know you are depressed. Many, many people don't. Depression mimics other illnesses and other illnesses mimic depression. But here is the official list. Anything in parenthesis is what I've added for clarification. A major depressive episode may include these symptoms: Persistent sad, anxious or "empty" moodFeelings of hopelessness, pessimism (You sound very … Continue reading What are the symptoms of depression