Clinical depression is defined as having a consistent, depressed mood every day for at least a month.
Major depressive disorder is one of the most common and serious forms of clinical depression, with approximately 14 million Americans suffering from it.
Depression is the cause of 90 percent of all suicides, and major depressive disorder accounts for a majority of those cases.
Major depressive disorder is characterized by a cluster of multiple symptoms including:
- Trouble sleeping/sleep disorders
- Changes in appetite
- Low energy levels
- Loss of ability to enjoy life
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Thoughts of harming oneself or suicide
Fortunately, studies have shown that medication, in combination with therapy, can effectively treat and often cure major depressive disorder.
Therefore, if you are experiencing the symptoms of this condition, it is important to talk to your primary care doctor, as you may need a referral to a psychiatrist.
Psychiatrists will evaluate patients who may be suffering from major depressive disorder, and rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be causing the depressed mode, decide if the patient needs hospitalization and/or diagnose the disorder and begin a treatment plan for the patient.
Cone Health has an exceptional network of psychiatrists, therapists and related behavioral health experts dedicated to treating individuals throughout the community who are suffering from depression, and helping to restore their quality life.
Dr. Jerry Plovsky is an adult and geriatric psychiatrist at Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital’s outpatient clinic and at Triad Psychiatric Counseling Center.
Dr. Plovsky received his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Virginia in 1984. He completed his residency in psychiatry and psychobiology at the University of Cincinnati.