Major depressive disorder, also known as unipolar or major depression, is identified as persistent feelings of sadness or a lack of interest in activities. An estimated 350 million people worldwide have this disorder, making it a leading cause of disability. A study published in the journal Issues in Mental Health Nursing involved semi-structured interviews with 18 patients who were diagnosed with major depressive disorder; 5 main categories emerged regarding their experiences, along with sub-categories. If you associate with these symptoms and they persist for two weeks or more, you need to seek help from a reputable treatment center today.

Emotional Paralysis

  • Feeling severely depressed
  • Feeling anxious – excessive worry or unease related to future events
  • Feeling impatient and irritable
  • Having dyshedonia – a profound state of unease or dissatisfaction

Disturbance of Thinking

  • Preoccupation – tendency to focus on a certain subject, most often the self
  • Instable spiritual beliefs –unsure about one’s place in the world, life’s meaning, etc.
  • Guilt – conscious is often blown out of proportion, causing one to feel responsible for things often out of their control

Cognitive Decline

  • Frustration – suppressed emotions or feeling helpless can lead to frustration
  • Unawareness of the disorder – a lack of awareness and mindfulness
  • Negative evaluation – tending to view oneself in a negative light
  • Indecisiveness – as a result of clouded thinking
  • Loss of focus and energy – feeling drained

Physical Illnesses

  • Physical discomfort – back pain, neck pain, migraines, etc.
  • Sleep problems – insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Appetite disturbance – eating too much or too little
  • Facial changes – aging of the face
  • Sexual dysfunction – lack of sex drive
  • Medical conditions – stroke, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, etc.

Failure in Life

  • Failure in personal affairs – due to a lack of motivation, lack of energy, etc.
  • Jeopardized interpersonal relations – feeling disconnected from others
  • Unstable work life – struggling to maintain focus or no longer finding meaning in work

Don’t wait to see help. Depression is a serious mental illness that can lead to suicide if not treated. Recovery is possible.

Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.



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