What is Depression – Major Depressive Disorder

What is Depression - Major Depressive Disorder


Depression is a disorder characterized by a long-standing depressed mood causing a significant impairment in everyday life.


  • Lack of interest/pleasure in various activities
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Inappropriate shame and/or guilt
  • Suicidal ideation/intent/attempts (not a requirement)
  • Indecisiveness

Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.

Example Behaviors

  • Eating less
  • Disordered sleep patterns (waking frequently or sleeping very little)
  • Reduction in extra-curricular activities.

There’s Help

  • If you recognize these characteristics and behaviors in yourself or in a loved one, there is help. At Water Gap Wellness, we treat depression and other mental health diagnoses. Our trained medical and clinical staff will help you manage the diagnosis while giving you hope for a productive and healthy future. Get started today 1-833-949-4673. Our friendly admissions counselors are standing by to help.


About WGWC

Water Gap Wellness Center offers expert and compassionate treatment for mental health and substance abuse at our Pennsylvania facility, just outside New Jersey, a short drive from New York. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you today. 

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