A mailing I got today informed me that October is Depression Awareness Month. "Clinical" Depression can be characterized by:
1) Loss of interest in or ability to feel pleasure (no more WOW moments) with the intensity of the feelings interfering with eating, sleeping, and other usual activities (including sex). There are intense negative feelings, particualrly about yourself.
2) "Clinical" Depression lasts all day, every day for at least 2 weeks, the individual experiences it as an indefinite, possibly infinite, time sensation.
3) "Clinical" Depression is so significant that it impairs functioning- socially, occupationally, academically, and/or with home life.
Depression can be treated, but the individual must seek help and get help. They may need your help to do that or you may need someone's help doing that. Don't let depression kill, seek help.