What is Depression? ( Major Depressive Disorder Symptoms)

Feeling depressed, fatigued, and having little interest in your work, relationships, and your hobbies can be difficult. Depression can be overwhelming, complicated, and to say the least debilitating. But what is depression? Depression is a state that includes a lack of enjoyment of life and disinterest even in the activities you used to love.  

Here are some of the symptoms associated with Major Depressive Disorder:

-Depressed mood

-Considerably diminished interest

-Significant weight loss or weight gain

-Insomnia or excessive sleep


-Feelings of worthlessness or excessive, inappropriate guilt

-Diminished ability to think or concentrate


-Recurrent thoughts of death

-Recurrent suicidal ideation

-Suicide attempts


The frequency and duration of your symptoms are important to determine if you have clinically significant depression symptoms that are consistent with a depressive disorder. An evaluation by a licensed mental health professional or a doctor is essential for treatment. An assessment for depression includes questions about medical history to determine if a medical condition is a better explanation for the symptoms. An evaluation will include questions of the description of your symptoms, the frequency, the intensity, and duration. A diagnosis is important for treatment but what is more important is how you feel and how to get you to a state of mind that you enjoy living your life. 

Depression Disorders Also Include:

 1. Major Depressive Disorder

2. Persistent Depressive Disorder (Previously known as Dysthymia)

3. Other Specified Depressive Disorder

3. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

4. Depressive Disorder Due to Another Medical Condition


If you suspect that you or a loved one suffers from depression don't hesitate to book an appointment with a mental health provider or your doctor to identify the problem and create a treatment plan.

Diana Ruiz, MA, LCPC- Psychotherapist