Clinical depression is common language used between healthcare professionals to describe the syndrome clinically referred to as Major Depression. Those diagnosed with Major Depression are further noted in the diagnostic criteria (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) as being:
- Mild vs. Moderate vs Severe
- Single Episode vs Recurrent
(e.g., Major Depression, Servere, Recurrent)
The most common symptoms of Major Depression include changes in appetite, cognitive disturbance, persistent low mood, a strong sense of hopelessness and and/or helplessness, etc. Some experience thoughts of not wanting to live anymore.