Frequently Asked Questions About Clinical Depression

I remembered being one of the most hated kids at school. I was never a bully, no. I mostly stuck to myself to avoid getting in trouble. However, since I came from an elite family – the type that could afford the six-figure membership fee at the country club – the other kids wrote me off as among the brats that roamed the school. 

I probably dealt with almost every kind of abuse that children could dish out to others. Sometimes, I would get shoved against the lockers or have my hair pulled in the crowd. Other times, some kids would gang up to steal my lunch box or dump it all over my lap. There was never a time that I told any adult in my family about those abuses, though. My driver or nanny would sometimes see me coming home like trash, but I made them promise not to snitch on my parents because they would undoubtedly complain at the school board, and I might become a bigger target after that.


The only time that I could get away from the bullies was during summer break. That’s when I would always go to a golfing camp for kids. I know now how fancy that sounds, but it does exist for the children of the country club members. It was a month-long activity in one part of the club that even the members did not have access to, and we would learn golf and do other summer activities all day long. 

I always loved golfing camp because that’s where I did not stand out due to my family’s money. Everyone had money in that camp – some even more so than my parents did – so I felt normal. When I turned 17 and became too old for camp, therefore, I took it hard.

The primary reason was that I was only a junior back then. Meaning, I would have to endure being in the same school as the bullies in my life without the guarantee that I could have fun in the summer. When I suggested transferring to another school, my parents shot the idea down because I could not tell them why I wanted to do that. Hence, my clinical depression slowly developed.  

My parents found out about my mental health issues when my nanny saw me holding a blade against my wrist and screamed until she got my parents’ attention. When they came to my room, I tried to lie and say that my nanny was overreacting, but they saw the blade and did not sleep until I told them everything I went through due to the bullies at school. That same night, Dad called my aunt, a psychologist, and asked what we should do. I got diagnosed with clinical depression in less than 24 hours and proceeded with therapy. 

What is the meaning of clinical depression? 

 Clinical depression (a.k.a. major depression) is a severe mood disorder that develops when a person experiences a significant loss or change.


What are the four major causes of depression? 

  • Various forms of abuse
  • Physical condition
  • Grief
  • Genetics

Can you have schizophrenia and major depression? 

 Yes, you can have both schizophrenia and major depression. The medical term for it is schizoaffective disorder.

What is prescribed for clinical depression? 

 Antidepressants and therapy are typically prescribed to treat clinical depression.

What are the four types of depression? 

  • Dysthymia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Persistent depressive disorder

What are the five signs of mental illness? 

  • You avoid meeting your friends and family for no reason.
  • Sometimes, you oversleep; other times, you cannot sleep.
  • Your mood is ever-changing.
  • Your sadness may last longer than usual.
  • You feel paranoid and get scared of ordinary things.

What is the biggest cause of depression? 

 Abuse is the most significant cause of depression. Most of the time, psychological or emotional abuse is just as depressing as physical abuse – sometimes more.


What is the primary cause of depression? 

 Genetics may be the primary cause of depression. The reason is that your genes may make you more susceptible to stress than others, so that you may get depressed quickly.

How do I know if I’m bipolar? 

 You most likely have the bipolar disorder if:

  • You experience all-time highs and all-time lows regularly.
  • You either overthink or do not think about your actions.
  • You may not need to sleep sometimes, but you cannot pull yourself out of bed other times.
  • One day, your brain works too fast; another day, it almost doesn’t want to do anything.
  • You get distracted quickly.

What are schizophrenic tendencies? 

 A person with schizophrenia tends to do the following:

  • Believe in things that are impossible to happen.
  • Hear voices or see images for no reason.
  • Speak meaninglessly.
  • Move too much or too little all the time.
  • Lose interest in mundane life.

How can you tell if someone is bipolar or schizophrenic? 

 Many people find it challenging to distinguish a bipolar from a person with schizophrenia or vice versa. Even psychiatrists may commit this mistake sometimes and end up misdiagnosing an individual. However, you may tell the difference between when you look at their:

  • Mood: Bipolar individuals typically have highs and lows, while people with schizophrenia may get highs and in-betweens.
  • Behavior: The manic and depressive symptoms of bipolar disorder may cause a person to be hyperactive or slow, but they still somewhat know what they’re doing. Meanwhile, schizophrenia pulls an individual away from reality to the extent that they forget to look after themselves.
  • Speech: A bipolar may seem to eat their words when they experience mania, but it’s likely because they cannot form words fast enough to keep up with their thoughts. As for a person with schizophrenia, words may be jumbled in their head all the time.
  • Ideas: Bipolar folks are known for their daredevil decisions, while people with schizophrenia tend to develop a new world in their heads that they strongly believe in.

Is there a happy pill? 

 Yes. “Happy pill” is the term used for any psychotropic drug.

What is the best natural antidepressant? 

 John’s Wort.

What is the strongest depression medicine?

Paxil (paroxetine) is the most potent antidepressant available at the time of writing.


Final Thoughts

It was always like an out-of-body experience whenever I recalled the time when I almost took my life due to clinical depression. I would forever regret not being strong enough to fight that urge, but at the same time, therapy taught me that I should focus on the positive, which was that I ended up getting saved. 

Now, I am a philanthropist who goes around schools to talk about the dangers of bullying and how summer camps and sports like golf could help you overcome depression.

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