Clinical depression is a whole body illness that involves the mood, thoughts and behavior of the person. This disorder has a strong genetic component. It goes beyond feeling blue or the feelings involved in coping with a significant loss or disappointment.
Definition: Major depressive disorder (also known as recurrent depressive disorder, clinical depression, major
depression, unipolar depression, or unipolar disorder) is a mental disorder characterized by an all-encompassing low
mood accompanied by low self-esteem and by loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. (from
thinking, with "automatic negative thoughts" crowding the mind. Poor concentration and/or difficulty making decisions can be due to 'blanking things out' or may indicate the need to address the thinking habits which are allowing depression a foothold.
and feelings of worthlessness and being of low value. It causes people to inappropriately blame themselves for experiences such as being badly treated or failing to meet unrealistic standards. This can lead to corrosive and unhelpful guilt.
Important Note: If a student shows one or two of these characteristics, it does not necessarily mean that this student is
depressed. Consult with other teachers at your school who see this student in other circumstances (how is he/she in
music, art, physical education, or French classes). Do they see similar patterns? Are they seeing different behaviour
characteristics that put together with yours, clearly show that this student is depressed?
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