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Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

Also known as 'Clinical Depression'

MDD is a significant medical condition that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest that can lead to serious emotional and physical problems, affecting mood and behavior, as well as appetite and sleep. Individuals can feel as if life is not worth living.

Clinical depression often gets worse if left untreated, yet many struggling with MDD never seek treatment. The good news is treatment results are encouraging. Most people with the disorder can learn to cope and function with medication, psychotherapy and/or other methods. 

People who have severe MDD or have thoughts of harming themselves may need inpatient treatment in a mental health facility. Some might benefit from outpatient care until symptoms improve. Some lifestyle adjustments can also help ease certain symptoms.

Read more about prevention and treatment at CFI for depression and other mood disorders.




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