What is Clinical Depression?
Clinical depression is more than the typical feelings of sadness that occur in response to negative events. Clinical depression includes emotional, cognitive (thinking), physical, and behavioral symptoms that last longer than two weeks. Emotional symptoms include sadness, irritability, and anxiety, as well as decreased enjoyment and interest. Cognitive symptoms include ideas of worthlessness, helplessness, and hopelessness, as well as difficulties with concentration and memory. Hopelessness can lead to suicidal thoughts, plans, and attempts. Physical symptoms, such as decreased energy and sleep and appetite changes, can initially be mistaken for a general medical condition. Behavioral symptoms include crying, irritable behavior, social withdrawal, and decreased activity and productivity.
Clinical depression can present with varying degrees of severity and length. It is a common illness that causes marked distress and interferes with relationships and work functioning. Clinical depression affects people of all ages, women more than men. There is some evidence that clinical depression, if left untreated, may complicate or worsen general medical conditions, such as heart disease.
We are currently conducting a study evaluating the effectiveness of various treatments for major depression. The study is for those who have undergone prior treatment but have not gotten better. Participants will receive a psychiatric evaluation, physical exam, laboratory tests, and study medication at no cost.
How to Participate
If you are interested in participating in our depression study, please click here to fill out a questionnaire. Once it is received, you will be contacted by a member of our staff. You can also contact us directly at 404-778-MOOD(6663).