01/24/2012

Depression Types

Like any other complicated medical condition, there are many different depression types.  Furthermore, like others, these types come with varied degrees of timing, severity, and symptoms.  To get a better idea of the different types, the following are examples.

The first of these is major depression. This is commonly seen with a mixture of symptoms that can last for at least two weeks.  These symptoms include sadness and irritability, weight loss or gain, and other varied symptoms.  These all get in the way of normal every day activities like work, sleep, and relaxation methods.  Severe depression types like this can happen several times in a lifetime.

The next depression type is called dysthymia.  This type is much less severe than other depression types but can last longer than most.  And although this doesn’t disable a person form performing every day tasks, it can drastically affect them.  Furthermore, some people who suffer from this type of depression can also have periods of major depression.  When this happens it is called double-depression.

The last of the different depression types to mention is one that is heard of often.  This is called bipolar disorder, or manic depression.  Although this is not as common as other depression types, they formulate a larger compilation of symptoms with particular patterns.

Bipolar disorder entails at least one period of mania and also episodes of depression.  For example, one moment a person with bipolar will be going through a period of extreme pleasure and happiness even if the environment doesn’t normally call for it, and the next moment they will go through a severe depression.

These symptoms and periods can come on quickly and severely or like most often, gradually.  What’s more, mania can often affect the person’s entire judgment and behavior causing serious problems to all of those around them.  While this type of bipolar is considered to be type 1, there are two depression types called bipolar.

Besides bipolar 1 there is also type 2 bipolar disorder.  This type includes many episodes of depression followed by what is called hypomania, or mini highs.  However, the euphoric state that is considered a manic state in this type of bipolar does not quite meet the full criteria as bipolar 1.

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Battling Depression

Depression can be a very serious medical condition that adversely affects a sufferer’s health and in extreme situations threatens their safety. Battling depression doesn’t have to mean going it alone as there are many treatments and therapies that can offer help. It’s important when battling depression for a sufferer to understand his condition.

Getting a proper diagnosis and starting treatment is a good start toward a recovery and return to health. There are several different types of depression or disorders such as major depression, clinical depression, “unipolar” or endogenous depression. These disorders may share many of the same symptoms, but their causes and treatments are often different.

When battling depression doctors look at many factors when trying to arrive at a diagnosis. Many factors such as gender, age, family history, personal history and incidence of trauma as well as overall health are taken into consideration when settling on a diagnosis and treatment.

Men are less likely to develop depression, but they are also least likely to look for help when they do have a problem. In men symptoms, might only demonstrate as irritability or even hostility. They might also try to mask the symptoms of their condition abusing drugs or alcohol.

The elderly are often left alone as friends and family pass on. They may be physically limited by injury or illness and not as able to interact socially or go about their daily task as quickly as they once did. This could be the first time an older person finds themselves battling depression and they are often reluctant to ask for help.

Depression in children is often under recognized and misunderstood. Sometimes heredity factors come into play, but children are just as prone to situational depression as adults.

Women can develop depression at any age, but especially during the childbearing years new mothers are often left battling depression. In battling depression the following is most important:

•    Coming to terms with the reality of the condition.
•    Finding a treatment provider and developing a therapy plan.
•    Exploring different options such as antidepressants or cognitive therapy.
•    Being honest and open with family members about battling depression and asking for their help.

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