Types Of Depression
You are down and feeling blue. Someone ate all of your chocolate ice cream or moved your cheese
or something has simply made you feel bad. Maybe things aren't going well at work with your boss
and also you're fearful that a pink slip is in your near future. Are you depressed? Maybe. Is it serious?
Most likely not. There are different types of depression, according to the AMA. Some may be fairly
serious and require medication, other's are fleeting, lasting a couple of days to a week and are
situational in origin. Listed here are some of the sorts of depressive disorders recognized by the AMA.
Major Depression. This depression is recognized by a persistent sadness and some sufferers
experience the inability to experience any pleasure in their lives. A Major Depression is not fleeting-it
is constant and interferes with an individual's life. They could miss work, family gatherings and if
severe may not leave home at all. A depressive episode of this magnitude may be treated medically.
If it's not taken care of it might last as long as six months or more. In the event that they're lucky a
person could experience a severe depressive episode such as this once in their lifetime. Sadly it's
more common for major depression to be a reoccurring disorder.
Atypical Depression. This is a fairly common subtype of Major Depression. Those who experience
this form of depression can feel a short-lived elevation of their mood when confronted with positive
issues happening in their lives. The elevation in mood, whether it is being out with friends or getting a
piece of good news, is always fleeting. With Atypical Depression you can have weight gain, increase
in appetite, and an increased need to sleep, lethargy and hyper-sensitivity to any form of rejection.
Dysthymia is a form of low-grade depression that can last for two years. It's not as debilitating as a
Major Depression, however it can and does interfere with the every day life of those that suffer from it.
Most days an individual suffering from dysthymic disorder will feel anywhere from mildly to
moderately depressed with brief periods of feeling normal. Some with dysthmic depression also fall
into Major Depressive Episodes and that is known as double depression.
SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder is the name used to refer to a seasonal pattern of major
depression that takes place through the fall and winter months when daylight is in short supply,
especially in northern climates. The symptoms disappear once the sun reappears or the individual
suffering from SAD uses a special light.
Postpartum Depression affects many women who have recently given birth and is considered to be
brought on by the hormonal upheavals that new mother's experience. It generally lasts longer and is
more severe than a simple bout of the 'baby blues' and can occur right after birth or up to six months
The good news is that depression is a treatable disease and seeing your physician is your first step
on the road to feeling like your self again. If somebody you know is affected by some of these
symptoms, talk to them about what you think might be going on. It might help them.
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