What is Major Depression?
Major depression is disabling. It interferes with working, eating, sleeping, and studying. A major depressive episode can occur at least once in a person’s lifetime and may also re-occur frequently according to genetic predisposition.
A major depression may occur after the death of a loved one, a medical illness, or other type of life event such as a romantic breakup. Some people with major depression don’t feel as if life is worth living and often attempt to end their lives.
Typically, patients are treated with anti-depressant medication and may also receive psychotherapy or counseling. In some cases, hospitalization may be necessary as well as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), which is a type of psychiatric treatment whereby seizures are electrically induced in anesthetized patients to produce a therapeutic effect.