Major Depressive Disorder or MDD is the clinical term for a mood disorder characterized by protracted periods of sadness, low self-esteem and in extreme cases, the urge to commit suicide. Though it is a fact that almost every individual suffers from depression at some point in time through the course of his life; but only if the depression persists for longer than 6 weeks and impedes the maintenance of typical modes of living and conduct can it qualify as MDD. While ordinary depression is alleviated on its own with the passage of time, Major Depressive Disorder calls for clinical treatment. To determine whether one has MDD thus, here’s a list of symptoms that most MDD patients are likely to suffer.

1. Low Mood

People who are depressed are usually linked to persistently ‘sad’ mood, a feeling of anxiousness, and an ‘empty’ mood – feelings that do not go away. They feel hopeless and helpless, besides feeling irritable and tearful all the time. Also, people suffering from major depressive disorder have no motivation in life and they face difficulty in making decisions. Such feelings may interrupt with their day-to-day activities.