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What Is Clinical Depression?

Written by Lauren McDonald

The expression 'depressed' is frequently and often incorrectly used to describe emotions ranging from disappointment to feeling flat. So what is clinical depression and what are the options for dealing with it?

Depressive disorder symptoms

The number and severity of symptoms can vary for each individual, just as the specific diagnosis and treatment needs differ from person to person. Typically, the symptoms of a depressive disorder include one or both of:


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