Clinical depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting more than 19 million Americans each year.

Unfortunately, although treatment for depression is almost always successful, fewer than half of those suffering from this illness seek treatment because they believe depression isn’t serious, they can treat it themselves or that it is a personal weakness rather than a serious medical illness.

Symptoms of Clinical Depression:

Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood

Sleeping too much or too little, middle of the night or early morning waking

Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain

Loss of pleasure and interest in activities once enjoyed, including sex

Restlessness, irritability

Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment (such as chronic pain or digestive disorders)

Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions

Fatigue or loss of energy

Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless

Thoughts of suicide or death

If you have five or more of these symptoms for two weeks or more, you could have clinical depression and should contact our qualified mental health professionals for help.

Above statistics were taken from the National Mental Health Association research and were used by permission.