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by: Rick Greenfield

Clinical depression is experienced by about 17% of the US population.

Depression is a difficult illness to deal with and it can have a huge, negative impact on those who suffer from it. But how can someone tell the difference between having the mental illness of depression or just simply suffering from sadness or a case of “the blues.”

Sadness is something we all experience from time-to-time such as when a pet dies or a relationship fails. These episodes of sadness are normal, and most importantly, temporary.

True depression is something that lasts for every minute of every day for a long period of time. Typically a depression episode will last for several weeks or several months. While there may be a particular event that triggers a depressed episode, you know you have more than just “the blues” when it doesn’t go away.

Depression is a serious condition that needs to be looked at and treated by a doctor. Sometimes counseling can help depression resolve, but more serious cases of depression may require intervention with a medication. Untreated depression can lead to a loss of productivity, loss of important relationships, loss of employment, and even thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

Another option that those who suffer from depression may consider is participating in a clinical research study. In a research study, volunteers who qualify are seen by board certified psychiatrists, receive free diagnostic testing, and may receive treatments with new investigational medications that are not yet available to the general public. Volunteers in research studies are also compensated for their time and travel expenses while in the study.

If you or someone you know seems to be suffering from depression, consider a research study at CTT. Many volunteers have found that participation in a study at CTT can be a very quick and beneficial way to deal with the effects of depression. Call CTT today to find out more (210) 949-0122, or visit SAresearch.com to apply online.