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5 Types Of Depression

Types of Depression

There are many clinical types of depression but today we will go over some of the most common forms of this debilitating disease.

#1. Major Depression

One of the most common forms of depression is actually referred to as major depression, as the name suggests this form of depression is severe and accounts for nearly 7 percent of all the adult cases.


Some of the symptoms of major depression are an extreme sadness or feeling of hopelessness, lack of energy and a change in eating or sleeping habits.


The best treatment for this particular kind of depression is antidepressant medications. It has been found that about 80-90 percent respond to treatment in a positive manner.

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#2. Dysthymia

Dysthymia is the most common form of depression and it is the most recognizable. It is associated with causing symptoms that can last for months to even years.


The common symptoms are loss of appetite, trouble sleeping and a general feeling of sadness that seems to take over daily activities.


This form of depression has been known to respond well to cognitive talk therapy and antidepressants depending on the individual.

#3. Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a common affliction to new moms affecting a whopping 85 percent of new moms. For some the condition is bad enough to be diagnosable, for these 16 percentiles the disease affects more than just the happiness of a newborn.


Like most depressions it gives the person a general feeling of sadness and feelings of disconnecting from their newborn. The more severe cases gives suicidal thoughts and thoughts of harming their child, it is in these cases where action needs to be taken.


This form of depression reacts best with a combination of talk and medication therapy but needs to be administered by a highly trained professional.

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#4. Seasonal Affective Disorder

If you live in the northwest or anywhere where the winters are dreary wet and cloud covered you may suffer from our next affliction. Seasonal affective disorder is just that a seasonal disorder that affects a broad spectrum of people during the winter months and causes them to feel withdrawn. It is said that somewhere around 3-6 percent of people in the United States are affected each year.


Commonly referred to as SAD, it causes irritability, anxiety and daytime fatigue. It is because of this that it is commonly referred to get light therapy.


Light therapy is just that a special lamp that replicates the light that we may be missing during the winter months. The light therapy can help lessen some of the symptoms by replacing the lost light from the cloudy months.

#5. Atypical Depression

Atypical depression is one of the most common and undiagnosed forms of depression as its symptoms are not usual for depression symptoms.


Heaviness in the arms and legs along with a disruptive pattern of eating and sleeping.


As there is little known about this form of depression there have only been a few studies relating to the subject, one study showed talk therapy to be beneficial.

These types of depression are just a few of the many forms of depression. The disease ranges in forms as well in treatments and should be considered a serious disease and brought to the attention of a doctor immediately.

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