Clinical Depression and Treatment

A New Jersey physician with a background in internal medicine, Dr. Alexander Salerno leads Salerno Medical Associates, LLP, a second-generation primary care practice. Dr. Alexander Salerno helps patients with emotional disorders, such as clinical depression.

A severe form of depression, clinical depression is also referred to as major depression or major depressive disorder. People with the condition experience persistent sadness, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, a loss of interest in hobbies, and a low appetite, among other symptoms. Major depressive episodes can be debilitating and cause a person to struggle with routine activities, such as working and sleeping.

While some individuals may experience clinical depression only once in their lives, others may have recurring episodes. People with symptoms that last longer than two weeks should seek out the help of a physician who can prescribe medication and offer assistance in obtaining psychological counseling and psychotherapy. The latter treatment involves speaking to a qualified therapist in order to develop coping techniques and to determine methods for replacing negative thoughts with positive ones in order to overcome a depressive state. Support groups are another alternative to teach people healthy lifestyle patterns.