Depression (also known as "clinical depression") is a serious mood disorder that interferes with a person's daily functioning.  It affects a person's thoughts, behaviors, feelings and sense of well-being.  It interferes with daily routines, normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him or her.  Depressed people often feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, worried, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, hurt, or restless. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, loss of energy, or aches, pains, or digestive problems are also common symptoms.  They lose interest in activities that once were pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions, and may even contemplate, attempt, or commit suicide.

Depressed mood may also be a normal reaction to certain life events such as grief and loss, a symptom of various medical conditions, or a side effect of some drugs or medical treatments. Depressed mood is also a primary or associated feature of certain psychiatric syndromes such as dysthymia, bipolar disorder, thyroid disease and certain nutritional deficiencies.  If you feel you are depressed, get help immediately as treatment is very effective and can restore you back to wellness.

If you or someone you care for is suffering from depression it's time to get evaluated and start treatment. This is a serious medical condition that often recurs and commonly runs in families.  You should schedule an appointment as soon as possible.