What is Major Depressive Disorder?

Major Depressive Disorder (or Major Clinical Depression) is a mood disorder that is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities. Major Depressive Disorder involves a variety of symptoms that interfere with your ability to work, study, eat, and enjoy activities.

Major Clinical Depression is more than feeling sad or hopeless for a few days – it lasts longer and can have a major effect on your life. Symptoms are present daily or almost daily for at least two weeks.

Should I seek treatment for depression?

Psychotherapy and/or medication are effective in treating clinical depression. For mild to moderate depression, psychological treatment might be the best option; whereas, for severe depression the combination of medication and psychological treatment may be the most effective.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that helps you to restructure negative thinking patterns, so that you can interpret your environment and interactions with other people in a realistic and more positive way. Your preconceptions will be challenged and you will learn to react to situations in new and healthier ways.