Depression

Everyone has times they feel sad and don’t enjoy life. For some people the emotional pain becomes so severe or prolonged that it affects their day to day routine.  If you feel that this may be the case, it is important to seek a either physician or a professional mental health therapist.

Types of Depression

Major Depression is the most severe form of depression. It involves low mood or loss of enjoyment in most activities for two or more weeks. Symptoms such as change in sleep patterns and appetite, loss of energy, loss of self-esteem, difficulty concentrating and preoccupation with death or suicide. The depressed person may withdraw from friends and family, and be unable to work.

Depression may occur when a person has experienced a significant change in their life, or depression can also be a hereditary gene passed down from your biological family.  That type of depression can occur when a person has experienced no significant change in their life. 

Another type of depression is Dysthymic Disorder, symptoms are less intense than in Major Depression but lasts for years. In fact the low mood and associated symptoms must be present on most days for at least two years to qualify for this diagnosis. 

There are several other important forms of depression. Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood involves a drop in mood in response to a specific stressful circumstance. Bipolar disorder involves low mood periods similar to Major Depression, but with periods of elevated or irritable mood as well. Depression can also occur as a biological reaction to certain physical illnesses (e.g. strokes affecting the left frontal cerebrum, hypothyroidism, pancreatic cancer) or to chemical substances (e.g. alcohol, methamphetamine, B-blocking antihypertensive medications).

 

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