Clinical Depression

Clinical Depression is not your average depression caused by circumstances such as a loss of a loved one or a medical condition. It is a more persistent form of depression that ranges from mild to severe.

Clinical Depression can affect anyone of any age including children.

Symptoms include:

  • Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports
  • Lack of energy
  • Anxiety
  • Anger, Irritability
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering things
  • Difficulty remembering things
  • Frequent suicidal thoughts
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
  • Significant weight loss or gain
  • Lack of sleep; insomnia

There are treatments, and much like most Mental Disorders, there is no cure. Treatments include antidepressants, and/or talk therapy to address your emotional state and underlying issues.

Meet peer educator Jazzmin, talks about her experience on Clinical Depression

I’m a 22 year old artist born and raised in downtown Toronto. I’m currently a student at Ryerson University, and aspire to be way too many things. I’ve always been a dreamer, I’m unstably solid with my plans in life, but it works. I’ve done a lot of community work in the Kensington market – Alexandra Park area. I was diagnosed with Clinical Depression at 7 years old, at 12 I was diagnosed with Severe Anxiety/Panic Attack Disorder and at 20 I got PTSD. My illness is all I know, but it does not define me. Most people would never know the battles I struggle with in my head. Because I’ve been to the darkest depths in my own mind, when this opportunity presented itself to me to be working as Mental Health Peer Educator, I jumped at the chance to be involved with Scadding Court, as I grew up in the community.