Major depression is a type of mood disorder. It’s also known as clinical depression or unipolar depression. There are 3 main types of depression:
- Major depression (clinical depression)
- Bipolar disorder (manic depression)
- Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)
Major depression goes beyond the day’s normal ups and downs. It involves a teen’s body, mood, and thoughts. It can affect and disrupt eating, sleeping, or thinking patterns.
Depression is not the same as being unhappy or in a blue mood. It's also not a sign of personal weakness. It can’t be willed or wished away. Teens with depression can’t merely pull themselves together and get better. Treatment is often needed.