Depression is a persistent mental disorder that negatively affects how a person feels, thinks and acts. It causes feelings of sadness and / or loss of interest and pleasure in the usual recreational activities and significantly decreases the person's functional capacity, both professionally and socially.
Depression, despite being a very common pathology in society, can go unnoticed, since its symptoms can be attributed to other causes (such as physical illnesses or stress). Thus, it is important to realize that we can all be sad, but that these feelings usually have a short duration, do not interfere with day-to-day activities and are not associated with intense suffering, contrary to what happens in depression.
The choice of treatment depends on the :
- Severity of the clinical picture
- Patient preference
- Presence or not of other diseases.
In general, moderate to severe intensity depressive conditions require the association of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy and pharmacological therapy