About Clinical Depression
Affective disorders include both depression and manic depression.
Common symptoms of clinical depression include:
- Prolonged feelings of sadness, anxiety, or hopelessness
- Sense of impending doom or disaster
- Reduced enjoyment and pleasure
- Loss of energy and motivation
- Low self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Indecisiveness, reduced concentration, slow thinking
- Significant changes in appetite and/or sleep patterns
- Social withdrawal
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
Key Facts About Depression
- Many MDDA-Boston members employ a mix of proper medication, good therapy, and peer support and education to manage their depressive illness.
- Medication regimes can vary widely, and many of our members take a combination of meds to treat their disorder.
- A wide variety and combination of medications may be used to treat depressive disorders. Examples include SSRIs, or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxal, or newer medications such as Effexor, Wellbutrin, and Remeron. Older medications include tricyclics, such as desipramine or imipramine, and MAO inhibitors. Mood stabilizers such as Lithium and Depakote may also be employed.
Treatment Services & Referrals
Also see our lecture series page for more information from recent MDDA lectures, particularly our lectures on:
VISION AS A PATHWAY IN THE TREATMENT OF DEPRESSION
MOOD DISORDERS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE