SRS what's the difference between clinical depression and just depression?

Discussion in 'On Topic' started by coma, Feb 10, 2005.

  1. coma

    coma New Member

    Apr 30, 2004
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    My father was told that he was depressed by a couple of different health care workers (he's in a medical facility for a physical problem). They didn't say "clinical" so I think it's less severe than just regular depression. Is there a differernce?
  2. Spiritus

    Spiritus Well-Known Member

    Oct 15, 2002
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    Clinical depression could be one where one has to stay at a clinic?

    I've never heard it used much. Depression can be chronic, moderate or mild... clinical is not a descriptive term.

    I would not underestimate it. Ask him how bad it is
  3. Clinical depression isn't necessarily more severe in intensity than depression. The difference between Depression and Clinical Depression is all in the name. One is clinically defined because it takes place over a longer span of time [2 weeks or longer consistently] than regular depression which may happen on and off for a few days.
  4. Taylor

    Taylor Guest

    Exactly what MB said. It's in the duration, rather than the severity.

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