Guide to Understanding Adolescent Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

The word ‘depression’ is often used by people to describe feelings of sadness or unhappiness, which all people experience at sometime in their lives. These meanings of ‘depression’ can be confused with the word ‘depression’ used to denote a serious mental disorder.

Clinical depression is not just feeling sad, it is a medical condition that affects the way mood is controlled by the brain.  This leads to a variety of signs and symptoms that result in many problems in a person’s life. This guide provides an overview of adolescent major depressive disorder, providing the reader with an understanding of the brain and mood control, what happens in depression and information about a wide variety of areas including: symptoms, treatment, why depression happens, myths and facts, resources and a glossary of terms.