frequently asked questions about depression
What is a nervous breakdown?
The term "nervous breakdown" is sometimes used to describe a state in which a person is so severely and persistently distraught that s/he is unable to function at a normal level. Nervous breakdown isn’t a medical term, but a nervous breakdown may indicate depression is present.
Is it possible to have anxiety and depression at the same time?
Yes. Although they are regarded as two distinct disorders, it is quite common for a person to have both anxiety and depression at the same time. The main characteristic of anxiety is being unreasonably fearful and worried. The main characteristic of depression is a "down" mood of unhappiness and hopelessness.
What does the term "clinical depression" mean?
Depression ranges in seriousness from mild, temporary episodes of sadness to severe, persistent depression. Doctors use the term "clinical depression" to describe the more severe forms of depression.