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Types of Depression

  • There are many different types of depression, including:

    Dysthymic Disorder

    This is a milder, chronic form of depression that can last for years at a time. In children and adolescents this form of depression often shows up as irritability. Symptoms of dysthymic disorder include:

    • Poor appetite or overeating
    • Sleeping too much or not sleeping enough
    • Low energy or fatigue
    • Low self-esteem
    • Poor concentration and lack of ability to make good decisions
    • Feelings of hopelessness

     Bipolar Disorder

    This is a also commonly known as “manic depression.” A person with this disorder often experiences severe mood swings, from extremely depressed and irritable to overly excited or manic. Many also exhibit normal mood periods between the two extremes. Symptoms of a manic episode include:

    • Increased energy, activity, restlessness, racing thoughts and rapid talking
    • Excessive “high” or euphoric feelings
    • Extreme irritability and distractibility
    • Less need for sleep
    • Unrealistic beliefs in abilities and powers
    • Poor judgment and aggressive or impulsive behavior

    Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD)

    People sometimes react emotionally to changes in the amount of daylight available. The most common examples of SAD are due to these two seasons:

    • Winter – less sunlight causes depression, sadness, or irritability in some people
    • Spring – more daylight hours enhances people’s moods so they feel better and have more energy

    Postpartum Depression

    After childbirth, a woman’s body and life change dramatically. As a result, some women become depressed. In rare instances, some mothers have violent thoughts about killing themselves or their baby.

    If you or someone you know displays signs of post-partum depression, don’t wait for the problem to resolve itself. Get help now.

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