One in six people suffers with Crippling depression or a chronic anxiety disorder. When it comes to Anxiety, Psychological Illness, Mental Illness, you will find all kinds of names given to these disorders. As far as crippling depression, it is just another name for Clinical Depression.
It is the most severe form of depression known as major depression or major depressive disorder. It is just the depression caused by a loss, such as the death of a loved one or a medical condition.
A Clinical Depression is a period characterized by the symptoms of major depressive disorder primarily severely depressed mood and a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities, accompanied by other symptoms such as feelings of emptiness, hopelessness, anxiety, worthlessness, guilt or irritability.
If left untreated, symptoms of clinical or major depression may worsen and last for months or sometimes even years. They can cause untold suffering and possibly lead to suicide. Identifying the symptoms of depression is often the biggest problem to the diagnosis and treatment of clinical or major depression. Approximately half of the people who experience the symptoms of clinical depression never do get diagnosed or treated for their illness.
Symptoms of depression may include the following:
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, excessive sleeping, Irritability and restlessness
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, hopelessness and helplessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable.
- Overeating or appetite loss
- Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
How to handle crippling depression:
- Set personal goals
- Eat healthy
- Force yourself to be social
- Discuss your problem with your loved ones
Not getting treatment can be life threatening. More than one out of every 10 people combat with depression commits suicide.
If you have any physical symptoms and find yourself feeling depressed much of the time for days or weeks, seek medical help.