Symptoms of Clinical Depression We Should Aware About




Is the person you care about suffers from depression?. Or maybe even your own who experienced it?. Do not be too sad, you are not alone facing it indeed. About 6.7 percent of Americans are depressed nowadays. In this case is major depression or often people call it clinical depression. Another term for this kind of mental illness is unipolar. It is different from bipolar depression, we often talk about bipolar many times in this blog. It is important for us to know and recognize the symptoms of clinical depression to get proper treatment.

The importance of knowing and alerting the symptoms of clinical depression is because it affects our productivity as human beings as well. Moreover, from a variety of sources, we can obtain information that this clinical or unipolar depression strikes at productive ages. Some sources said that clinical depression strikes at about 18 years of age or older yet. Another source said that this mental illness strikes at an older age. About 25 to 45 years. This means that major depression is really attacking in the productive age. Age when someone is supposed to work and earn income.

What Is Clinical Depression or This Unipolar?

Symptoms of Clinical Depression We Should Aware About

It is natural that we experience sadness or despair at some point in life. Experiencing sadness and despair is very natural and common in everyday life. However, if the sadness is disturbing the quality of our lives, of course we need to be vigilant. Perhaps we have already experienced clinical depression or this major depression.

We can recognize this clinical depression or unipolar when sadness or distress persists for two weeks or more. The disorder mainly occurs at the morning. Another thing that characterizes it is the loss of interest in the activity or something we previously very much liked.

The Common Symptoms of Clinical Depression

A very good health website details some common symptoms of clinical depression or this major depression indeed. In that list taken from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder 5th Edition (DSM V), which is included in symptoms of clinical depression are:

  • Fatigue or loss of energy almost every day.
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt almost every day.
  • Impaired concentration, indecisiveness.
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping) almost every day.
  • Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in almost all activities nearly every day (called anhedonia, this symptom can be indicated by reports from significant others).
  • Restlessness or feeling slowed down.
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide.
  • Significant weight loss or gain (a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month).




Symptoms of clinical depression have several levels according to their severity. Some people feel these complaints occasionally in life. It is rising and drown and disappear over time as well. However, some of them can even suffer a lifetime due to this clinical depression. As a lifetime illness, then treatment is very important. Patients need treatment to reduce the frequency of symptoms experienced. Through proper treatment, we expect the sufferers to be less distracted of their productivity and quality of life.

Treatments for Clinical Depression

There are various ways to treat clinical depression. The first and foremost is getting the medicine from a psychiatrist. If your condition or your loved ones become relatively stable, then consider getting psychotherapy. Please perform psychotherapy with your treating psychiatrist. However, you may prefer to deal with a psychologists for this psychotherapy as well. It’s really doesn’t matter. If both ways are done together, then people call it as a combination therapy. Until now, people believe that this combination therapy is one of the best treatments as well.

If the patient does not or less react to medication, it is necessary to consider the use of ECT. Several times I wrote about this Electro-convulsive Therapy in this blog. Currently the ECT management mechanism is much better and humane. Far different from the first indeed. The more advanced therapy using electromagnetic waves, or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) may be worth considering. For people with depression, therapists reported that the results were very good.

The Suicidal Tendency

The most dangerous of these depressive illnesses is probably the sufferers’ tendency to commit suicide. More than ten percent of people with depression end their lives in this horrible way. This is one factor why we should not underestimate this kind of mental illness as well. In another article, the site I quoted above gives signs if the patient already has a tendency to commit suicide. Among the easy signs to recognize are:

  • A sudden switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy.
  • Always talking or thinking about death.
  • Clinical depression (deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating) that gets worse.
  • Having a “death wish,” tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving through red lights.
  • Losing interest in things one used to care about.
  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless.
  • Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, changing a will.
  • Saying things like “It would be better if I wasn’t here” or “I want out”.
  • Talking about suicide (killing one’s self).
  • Visiting or calling people one cares about.

Call To Action!

If you find someone you care about showing signs of committing suicide, then get in touch with the local health service. It is important and useful if you consider also contacting the nearest police as well. Relay if the person you care about requires hospitalization for long. This is for his or her own good.

People living in developed countries like the US or Western European countries may be far more fortunate than us in the third world like Indonesia. You can contact the service to help overcome if anyone is about to commit suicide. That is the facility you need to be grateful for. In the US, if you meet someone you care about committing suicide, please contact;

1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) — or the deaf hotline at 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889).

I hope you get something from this writing. Cheers!.




Emotional Trauma In Childhood: What A Mistake!




Childhood is the golden period. People often called it. Certainly there are a number of underlying reasons. One is when a childhood that the child’s personality is formed. Childhood experiences underlie a person’s pattern of behavior as adults. Included in relationships with others. What if the individual experiencing emotional trauma in childhood?. We will encounter many excesses in adults with childhood trauma. This article tries to reveal the influence of emotional trauma in childhood is willing to be when an individual becomes an adult.

Childhood is a time of growth and development phase. A child tend to be vulnerable due to his or her dependence on adults. Should a child be able to count on the support of both parents. If not, a child can be helped by adults who are sympathetic. There is now a child protection legislation that aims to protect the vulnerable period of growth. Police also provides a special department dealing with the issue of domestic violence. These include child abuse.

Types of Emotional Trauma in Childhood

Emotional Trauma In Childhood: What A Mistake!

Actually there are many kinds of emotional trauma in childhood. That’s when we want to explore this issue more deeply. But in this time discussion I just limit it to three kinds. The first is domestic violence. The second is the violence of the environment in which pedophilia is included. This second I separate them with a third due to differences culprit. The third will be discussing the violence of the peer group, or playmates. For the second kind, the culprit is obviously an adult.

Domestic Violence

Who experience domestic violence are not only wives. But children are the victims who suffer more. We see him more in developing countries. Perhaps because of government control and attention to this problem has been developing quite well in developed countries. This violence ranging from emotional to physical violence. Performers have the heart to beat children. This of course results in emotional trauma in childhood. The author himself suffered from bipolar disorder because of domestic violence, both physical and emotional that occur when childhood.

Adults Violence




Sometimes violence can cause emotional trauma in childhood are people in our environment. They are not family members. Often they commit sodomy. The culprit is a pedophile. Emotional trauma is very attached to, and we should be working on that does not happen in our neighborhood. How to create a child tell what happened everyday outside the house eagerly. That way we can tackle this problem together.

Playmates Violence

Often peers also be a harasser. If that happens at school, contact the teacher in order to take the best path. If the school does not take seriously, consider to move his or her schooling. Pity their future. Preferably emotional trauma in childhood is minimized for a better quality in adulthood life.

Effect of Emotional Trauma in Childhood

What I mean here is the effect when a child enters adulthood. A child with a history of emotional trauma in childhood would be prone to suffer from severe mental illness. The scope of the severe mental disorder is certainly very broad, ranging from anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar, or even schizophrenia. Of course, many children with a history of emotional trauma in childhood are not insane. The reason is the emergence of severe mental disorder that is influenced by many factors.

Factors I mean are biological, psychological and social. A child with good social support after experiencing emotional trauma in childhood can avoid suffering from severe mental illness. To accomplish this, the influence of public concern and empathy are indispensable. Report to the authorities if we encounter with child abuse. At a minimum, help the children when experiencing harassment from playmates. If the peers harassment was due to the behavior of the victims themselves, convey to the child wisely. Give him or her chances to improve themselves.