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Major Depression

Major depression, also known as clinical depression, is a form of depression which is sever and persistent occurring more days than not and includes most of the symptoms of depression at there most extreme which include: Acute and overwhelming sadness, loss of the capacity for pleasure (anhedonia), social withdrawal and suicidal thoughts and behaviours and is a depressive disorder that if left untreated lasts on average for 8 months.

Estimates suggest that about 5-10% of women and 2-5% of men will experience at least one depressive episode during their life.

What makes this depressive disorder a clinical depression is the intensity of the depressive symptoms, the impact this disorder has on personal care, social, family and work relationships and most importantly the predisposition to think or act in a suicidal way.

Up to 80% of suicide deaths are thought to be a result of major depression with this figure possibly being higher since many suicides are disguised as accidental deaths.

The first thing to understand is that like any other depressive disorder there is a beginning, a middle and an end and although the end may seem out of sight, don't let depression rob you of your life.  Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem and people do get through clinical depression and then go on to live full and happy lives and there is help and treatment available to ease the pain.

Seeking out help is a sign of courage not weakness.  If you had a physical illness you would get medical treatment and the same should be true with depression

24-7 helplines run by those who have been in a similar position and understand your plight can offer a sympathetic ear, provide support and give a much needed boost to moral.

Treatment in the form of antidepressant medication which is best combined with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and in extreme and rare cases electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) have all been successful in treating this disorder.

Finally to quote Abraham Lincoln "In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all, and it often comes with bitter agony.  Perfect relief is not possible, except with time.  You cannot now believe that you will ever feel better.  But this is not true.  You are sure to be happy again.  Knowing this, truly believing it, will make you less miserable now. I have had enough experience to make this statement."

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