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What is Major Depressive Disorder?

Major Depressive Disorder (Depression)


As a therapist, I care deeply about providing a safe, non-judgmental space for reflection, honesty, and vulnerability. With my style of therapy, the aim is to help people overcome obstacles and self-imposed barriers they may face so that they can flourish in their personal lives. I utilize a multi-faceted approach that includes various types of therapeutic interventions including cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, person-first, solution-focused, and direct reality-based psychodynamic style.

What is Major Depressive Disorder?

Clinical Depression Symptoms, Signs, Definition, & Treatment

Major Depressive Disorder Definition:

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), also known as clinical depression, is a mental health disorder characterized by persistent sadness and loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable. Clinical depression can negatively impact every area of your life, including work, relationships, and self-care.

Signs and symptoms of clinical depression may include:

- Feeling sad or hopeless for extended periods of time
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Loss of energy or fatigue
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Thoughts of death or suicide

Treatments for clinical depression may include:

- Psychotherapy
- Antidepressant medication
- Light therapy
- Alternative therapies such as yoga, meditation, and acupuncture
- & More

If you or a loved one are struggling with clinical depression, know that you are not alone. There are many resources available to help you cope with this disorder. Seek professional help from a mental health provider, such as Matt McTeague, to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

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