Depression Disorders

Written by: Dr. Alfonso Santiso Ferreiro
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Is depression disorder a mental illness?

Yes, it is a mental illness, although many people do not consider it a disease but a kind of laziness or discouragement that they can control themselves with their personal resources, but it turns out that it is not, confusion due to ignorance is widespread in the population.


Are there different types or concepts of depression?

Yes, there are depressions with a biological and genetic base; others that are based more on a disorder of the functioning of the personality; and finally others that depend on environmental and social causes. Therefore broadly speaking, there are three general concepts of classification of depressive mental illnesses.   

What signs alert clinical depressive disorder?

We find many signs and very varied, sometimes equivocal because it is difficult to interpret. There are mono-symptomatic signs such as headache and unexplained tiredness, although in most depressions the cardinal symptom is sadness.

How is depression treated now?

From a mixed approach to treatment, very modern antidepressant medications are given that have virtually no side effects, and also supportive psychotherapy or restructuring of personality is performed. They are the two pillars on which the modern treatment of depressions is based.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection
Dr. Alfonso Santiso Ferreiro

By Dr. Alfonso Santiso Ferreiro

Renowned psychiatrist with over 30 years experience, former director of the Center for child and adolescent mental health and Adult Hospital Mutua de Terrassa. Currently, exercised the profession of psychiatrist and psychotherapist in private practice.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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