Depression can be broken into at least two categories of major depression also called unipolar depression or mild depression, which is also referred to as dysthymia.

There are also many different forms of depression that can be diagnosed. Bipolar disorder, which is sometimes called manic depression, is displayed by extreme mood swings. The depression that comes after the birth of a child is called postpartum depression and is thought to be caused by an imbalance of hormones and the stress of having a baby. Dysthimia is a mild case of depression that is not as severe as other forms but should still be treated. Cyclothemia is a more mild form of bipolar disorder that displays the same mood swings in a less severe manner. And seasonal affective disorder is thought to be caused by a lack of sunlight. The depression sets in during different seasons of the year.

Clinical depression is sometimes known as major depression. The term is what medical professionals use to classify the condition that the patient is experiencing. It has the same symptoms of depression that are used to diagnose depression in a patient. In fact, it is the same condition.

It is possible to treat clinical depression very easily. In fact, getting a diagnosis is the most important first step to feeling well. While some people will suffer from depression for the entire lives they can be effectively treated and alleviate the symptoms of that depression. Once a diagnosis is made, a treatment plan can begin to have an effect on the symptoms within a few short weeks. The use of medications has proven to be highly successful in the treatment of depression, but it should be coupled with therapy that will help with the behavior that may have led to depression.

If you are looking for answers to your clinical depression, the first place you should look is with your doctor. They can answer a great many of your questions about your condition. There is also a great deal of printed material about depression that you can read. You should never attempt to medicate yourself or treat your depression without the care of a doctor. The main treatment in the clinic is the help of a therapist. Communication is vital for a patient with a depressive disorder. Therapeutic communication for depressed people.

Diagnosing depression in the clinic

Psychological depression is considered as a mental illness affecting the cognitive health condition which causes a person to have a pronounced poor mood and low level of energy as well as unable to feel satisfaction or pleasure. This condition is medically referred to as anhedonia. Diagnosing depression is one way of evaluating the person who has psychological problems that may need therapeutic care from the qualified psychiatrists and psychologist to successfully prevent the patient from having suicidal ideation.

In the clinic, the psychiatrist uses observational examinations to evaluate the person who is suspected to suffer from this mental illness. Usually, aside from psychiatrists, other trained mental health professionals can confirm the diagnosis of the person. The most common ways of Diagnosing Depression are as follows:

1. The mental health professionals will observe the speech and behavior of the person. A person who is known to suffer from depression might have a slower and more faltering speech compared to a normal person who is more fluent when talking. Depressed people may have continuous pauses and usually talk quietly or very slowly. Depresses people tend to move and walk slowly and very hesitant.

2. Professionals like psychiatrists evaluate the mental status of the person. One form of evaluating the mental status of a person is by providing questions that measure the person’s ability in terms of vocabulary, logic, and memory. Sometimes, it is referred to as a mini-mental status examination, and there are various styles of this examination that can be located on the internet, or simply you can create your very own evaluation tool. A very good example of this evaluation tool to test the memory of the patient is to have them identify at least three objects and after several minutes, try to ask them if they can still remember the objects that they have seen earlier.

3. Another option used in clinical diagnosing depression is to examine the sleeping and eating patterns of the person. A person who suffers from mild or severe depression often has a disturbance in sleeping patterns. It is either; the person sleeps too much or too little. Changes in the appetite and diet of the patient are observable. Depressed people may eat food at a very minimal amount or sometimes eat a large quantity of food.

4. The psychiatrist will question the person regarding his or her mood and levels of activity. Some clinical signs of depression may include feelings of poor self-worth and low level of self-esteem, as well as the inability to take pleasure with all the enjoyable activities and other hobbies that usually preside in his or her surroundings. The mental health professional will also question the person if there are situations, objects or persons in particular that bothers them, since stress, fear and anxiety are known to be a predisposing condition for the right diagnosing.

These are the common ways on how to diagnose a person with depression. It may be simple but it is very difficult to deal with. Only qualified and highly experienced mental health professionals are capable to provide therapeutic communication with the person who is diagnosed with depression.

The depressive disorder treatment in the clinic is based on the severity of the condition and usually includes three stages:

– Eliminating the symptoms of the disease as quickly as possible.

– Stabilizing therapy allows the removal of the residual manifestations of depression and is aimed at combating a relapse.

– Prevention of future episodes of depression.

The first stage of depression treatment intakes place in a round-the-clock inpatient hospital psychiatric ward or in a clinic of neurosis. Subsequent steps are carried out in daycare or on an outpatient basis. The most justified and clinically effective in the treatment of depression is a psychotherapy program (mainly cognitive-behavioral therapy) with a course of psychopharmacotherapy.


This article was written by Dr. Andrew Gordon, M.D. in neurology and psychotherapy; Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Washington, Law, and Humanities Committee of the American Academy of Neurology, and chair of the Ethics Committee of Northwest Hospital.
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