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Major Depressive Disorder

Major depressive disorder is a serious illness that is commonly talked about but is often very misunderstood. A lot of the the time it is described as having, “the blues”. Major depressive disorder, however, varies greatly from “the blues” as it is a serious illness that can cause a person to feel deeply sad or completely absent of feeling for most of the day, almost every day, lasting for weeks or months or even years.

When an individual is experiencing major depressive disorder he/she may experience changes in their sleep patterns, have feelings of worthlessness, or even find it hard to think or focus. Unlike “the blues”, the extreme low feelings and other symptoms that come with major depressive disorder remain over time and an individual is not simply able to just “shake it off” and may need professional help in order to start feeling better.


When diagnosing major depressive disorder, medical professionals look for more than the very dramatic low feelings and lack of feeling that is often exhibited by patients with depression. There is a specific criteria used by medical professionals in order to accurately diagnose an individual with major depressive disorder.


According to the American Psychiatric Association an individual must have at lest five or more symptoms, with at least one of the first two symptoms listed below, present almost every day for at least two weeks. Some symptoms of major depressive disorder may include the following:

– Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood

– Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism

– Loss of interest in hobbies or activities

– Irritability

– Decreased energy or fatigue

A complete list of major depressive symptoms can be found under the Education Tab on our website.

Getting The Support You Need

It is important that if you think you may be suffering from major depressive disorder that you get help as soon as possible. The mental feelings of hopelessness and pain can lead to thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts, or feelings of being nervous or panic. If you don’t feel safe right now, seek help immediately. If this is an emergency call 911 or contact your local hospital for urgent help. You can call 1-800-273-TALK or get a friend, relative or loved one to do it for you.

Our trained and professional staff is here to help. For an accurate major depressive disorder diagnosis and personalized treatment plan, contact our office to be seen by one of our psychiatric medical professionals at Life Change Associates. We offer a variety of services to meet your needs, including TMS Therapy


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