Major Depressive Disorder

A mental disorder characterized by low self-esteem combined with an all-encompassing low mood as well as a loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities is known as major depressive disorder (MDD).

While the understanding of the nature and cause of this disorder has evolved over centuries, a full understanding is still incomplete leaving many aspects of depression as the subject of discussion and research.  Proposed causes include psychological, hereditary, evolutionary and biological factors.  In addition, certain types of prolonged drug us can both cause and worsen depression.

MDD is a disabling condition that adversely affecting a person’s family, work, sleeping and eating habits.   In the United States alone, close to 4% of people suffering with MDD commit suicide and it is reported that 60% of people who commit suicide are suffering from depression or another mood disorder.

Treatable with psychotherapy, usually on an outpatient basis, most depressive episodes resolve over time.  Studies show that 80% of those suffering from their first MDD episode will suffer from at least 1 more during their life, with an average of 4 episodes during their lifetime.

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