How Clinical Depression Affects Mind and Body | Fox&Co. Mental Health
Author Article The term requires antidepressant medication, psychotherapy, or both. People with this form of depression don't just feel sad and hopeless; rather, they have a constellation of both mental and physical symptoms that interfere with their lives. In addition to feeling sad, they often experience guilt. Some don't actually identify their feelings of guilt, but do admit to feeling that they're letting others down. Depressed individuals also typically lose interest in everyday activities. Oftentimes, their thinking has slowed, and they may even experience confusion and memory loss. Particularly in older adults, these symptoms make it challenging to differentiate depression from Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. Patients with major depression sometimes may even want to harm themselves. Their emotional pain is so great that they believe the only way to escape the pain is through suicide. Others, because of religious or other beliefs, may not have suicidal