Clinical depression is a medical condition that goes beyond what you might describe as “feeling blue” or “feeling down.” We all face difficult times when circumstances impact our mood, but clinical depression is different.
Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions in the United States. An estimated 21 million people (8.3% of all U.S. Adults) experienced at least one depressive episode in 2021.
Clinical depression is usually defined as :
“A period of at least two weeks when a person experiences a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities, and has a majority of specified symptoms, such as problems with sleep, eating, energy, concentration, or self-worth.”
Those experiencing a bout of depression also have intense and persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness. These feelings aren’t temporary —depression isn’t something you can just snap out of. Clinical depression requires professional intervention.
At Evanston Counseling, we understand where you are and what you are going through. Our compassionate therapists are trained to identify and provide therapy for your clinical depression.