Major Depressive Disorder

Uptown Psych

Psychiatrists & Therapists located in Uptown, Chicago, IL

Major depressive disorder is associated with major healthcare problems, school troubles, losing work, and even earlier mortality. Experiencing just one of the major depressive episodes in your life that characterizes the disorder puts you at a 50% risk of developing another episode and developing clinical depression. At Uptown Psych, the team of Chicago-based mental health professionals understand what is at stake when it comes to major depressive disorder and leave no stone unturned when developing customized treatment plans to get you back on track in life. Make an appointment today by phone or online to learn more.

Major Depressive Disorder Q & A

Uptown Psych

What is major depressive disorder?

Major depressive disorder, or clinical depression, is the most severe form of depression. Major depressive disorder is characterized by symptoms of chronic depression that show up every day for at least a two-week period of time. It can affect people of any age - even children.

At Uptown Psych, the practice’s medical professionals do not take the diagnosis of major depressive disorder lightly, strictly adhering to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), which many of the practice’s staff members hold affiliations with.

What are symptoms of major depressive disorder?

Here are symptoms to look out for that mental health professionals consider when contemplating a major depressive disorder diagnosis:

  • Feelings of sadness or emptiness
  • Outbursts of anger, irritability or frustration over small things
  • Loss of interest in activities your previously enjoyed
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Fatigue
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased food intake and weight gain
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Feelings of shame and guilt
  • Trouble focusing or memory problems
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Unexplained physical problems, like back pain or headaches

If you notice prolonged symptoms, that could be a sign of major depressive disorder. The more symptoms you notice for longer periods of time, the more likely it is you have the disorder.

What are major depressive episodes?

Major depressive episodes are spurts of time where you exhibit the symptoms of major depressive disorder, usually lasting at least two weeks. These episodes can send you into a downward spiral and harm your overall health and well-being. They are often a key indicator that you have major depressive disorder and need the help of a mental health professional.

How do you treat major depressive disorder?

Even though major depressive disorder is a severe condition, Uptown Psych’s team of mental health professionals have a proven track record of diminishing its emotional and physical symptoms. The combination of counseling, therapeutic modalities, particularly talk therapy, and counseling, sometimes in conjunction with medication, can help you overcome major depressive disorder and bouts of negative feelings and thoughts. Since the disorder also manifests in dangerous physical symptoms, like harming yourself or others, it poses great risk to your health and potentially to those around you. Talking through the emotional issues with a therapist at Uptown Psych is one of the best tools you have in your treatment arsenal because it can help you learn techniques to cope on your own.