Merriam-Webster defines “depression” as “a state or spell of low spirits.” It lists dozens of synonyms for it such as:
Blues, depression, desolation and despondence.
Clinical depression can be more than feeling the “blues”, or feeling temporarily overwhelmed by sadness following the death of a loved. According to the National Institutes of Health, Major Depressive Disorder can cause severe symptoms that impact how you feel, think and manage daily activities such as sleeping, eating or working. These symptoms should be present for at most two weeks.
Your doctor might have used unfamiliar terms if you’ve been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). You can communicate better with your doctor by understanding the terminology used by healthcare professionals and how depression severity is determined.