mental health, therapy, counseling and psychology terms glossary

Clinical Depression

Clinical Depression (also referred to as Major Depressive Disorder) an illness defined by a consistently depressed mood or a marked loss of interest or pleasure in things that were once enjoyable. Depression is a feeling of gloom – a persistent listless and hopeless mood – generally accompanied by a lack of energy or desire to do much of anything.

Depression can be caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. A person experiencing depression can get stuck on a continuous negative thinking loop. When one is constantly feeling depressed, they typically withdraw from others, causing them to feel even worse because people truly need connections to thrive.

Depression is something that many individuals experience at some time in their life – some longer and more frequently than others – and it can cause serious problems in living an optimal life. Depression can be treated using a variety of therapies and sometimes medications as well. Therapy can work to discover trauma responses, coping mechanisms, and subconscious programming in order to improve certain beliefs and behaviors to improve overall well-being. 

At Claibourne Counseling, we specialize in treating Depression!