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Clinical Depression and It's Causes



Major depressive disorder or clinical depression is a unipolar type of depression. It is categorized by a single type of sad mood. This is versus Bipolar disorder which consists of two types of moods, depression and mania. Major depression can have several different causes. One causation of this type of depression is in reaction to an event occurring in a persons life. For example the grief caused by a recent death of a loved one, can push someone further into a grief mode, eventually turning into clinical depression. Internal events can also be the cause of depression. Someone who recently is diagnosed with a chronic illness may react to the disease in an extreme negative light. This type of reaction would cause one to surround themselves with negative thoughts and this can lead to clinical depression. Other causes of clinical depression can be a response to stress in the workplace, or family issues with spouse's, parents, siblings. Major depression often is build-up of feelings over a longer period of time. Major Depression is often not diagnosed if it is in conjunction with a history of hypomanic or manic behavior. It is also not diagnosed if it is characterized with or can be accounted by schizoaffective disorder. Clinical depression can occur either as a single episode, as a result of a major traumatic event or something else, or it can occur as reccuring episodes of depression.



Statistics On Depression

.::. In the USA, depression is the leading cause of disability

.::. Women are affected by depression twice as much as men

.::. Two Thirds of depressed individuals never seek help

.::. Depression affects approximately 10% - 19 million individuals in American in a year

.::. Major Depressive Disorder is most common in those who are between 25-44 years of age

.::. Approximately 10% - 25% of those who develop Clinical Depression are thought to previously have sssshad dysthymic disorder [mild depression]

.::. Almost 20% - 25% of individuals who are diagnosed with a chronic illness will develop some sort of dddepression

.::. One in five children suffers from some kind of mental, behavioral or emotional problem

.::. One in ten have a serious emotional problem, while one in eight may have depression

.::. Only 30% of teens will get help for their problem

.::. 5% of all teens will at some point suffer from depression

.::. 15% of those who are clinically depressed die by suicide



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