Depressive disorder is a widespread diagnosis that can typically be brought to balance naturally.
Commonly called “clinical depression” in the DSM IV psychiatric manual, or sometimes “unipolar,” major depressive disorder ( MDD ) has a puzzlingly broad set of symptoms. The most common symptoms seem to reflect any feeling which prompts an avoidance of action or social interaction.2
Examples of Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder:
- Thoughts of suicide or death that persist or recur frequently.
- Unwanted feelings that persist such as emotional emptiness, sadness, despair, irritability
- Loss of pleasure in activities, people, hobbies, possessions, etc.
- Fatigue, loss of energy.
- Slowness in speech or movement.
- Mental fog, trouble making decisions, memory loss.
- Changes in appetite, weight loss, or weight gain.
* In a Canadian meta-study, it was found that St. John’s Wort was as effective as antidepressant drugs without the side effects and that exercise also provided positive results.3
Broad Range of Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder
This very broad diagnostic terminology can lead to hit-or-miss type treatment options. For instance, sometimes with MDD, the person overeats and gets obese, yet sometimes the person loses appetite altogether and becomes rakishly thin. Sometimes the person sleeps too much, others too little. Sometimes major depressive disorder is diagnosed after losing a spouse, sometimes nothing at all traumatic seems to have occurred before MDD is diagnosed. Sometimes a person becomes irritable and aggressive toward others, sometimes a person withdraws from others completely.