Types of Depression
Depression is a serious mood disorder that shows itself in a variety of forms. It is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States, affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. The signs and symptoms of depression can be managed but can worsen or be debilitating if left undiagnosed or untreated.
Signs and symptoms generally need to be apparent for at least a few weeks in order to be diagnosed. Common symptoms include: anxious or “empty” moods, feelings of hopelessness, irritability, loss of interest, fatigue, feeling restless, struggles to concentrate, changes in appetite and/or sleep, thoughts of death or suicide and even aches or pains that do not go away with treatment.
Depression impacts millions in multiple ways and can be brought on by external events or seasonal changes. Some forms of depression are:
● Seasonal affective disorder;
● Postpartum depression;
● Persistent depressive disorder;
● Psychotic depression;
● Bipolar disorder.
Treatment for depression is a unique experience for everyone. What works for one person may not work for another person even if their symptoms are similar. Depression treatment and management can be sought out in the form of antidepressants, therapy and behavioral changes. Addressing a mental illness is never a one-size-fits-all experience, and it is important to be patient and listen to your body and mind’s reaction to any treatment.