Depression

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Depression
Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S. Current research suggests that depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks. Some forms of depression are slightly different, or they may develop under certain circumstances. Other types of depressive disorders newly added to the diagnostic classification of DSM-5 ( Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) include disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (diagnosed in children and adolescents) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). If you have been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression. Not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom.
Some people experience only a few symptoms while others may experience many. Several persistent symptoms in addition to low mood are required for a diagnosis of major depression, but people with only a few but distressing symptoms may benefit from treatment of their “subsyndromal” depression (People experience clusters of depressive symptoms but do not meet the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for a depressive disorder). Symptoms may also vary depending on the stage of the illness. Depression can happen at any age, but often begins in adulthood. It is now recognized as occurring in children and adolescents. Many chronic mood and anxiety disorders in adults begin as high levels of anxiety in children.

 

There are a few main symptoms to worry about. One you should worry about (if you notice it)is suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts. If you or someone you know has ever been suicidal then there might be a high chance that you or someone you know may have depression. Another symptom to worry about is overeating or loss of appetite. If you start over eating or feel like a normal amount of food it to much for you to eat then maybe you have depression or you could be sick. Depression is something that is a serious thing, some people like to joke around about it, saying that they have it are are so depressed when they really aren’t. If you ever have a feeling like you are “empty” then you possibly have depression.
There are many warning signs that sometimes people really notice could a sign of depression. One warning sign would be if you were really sad than all of the sudden you went to being really calm, or appear to be happy. Another sign is if you say things like ”It would be better if I wasn’t around”, “i want out” or even “I don’t want to do this anymore”. Many people believe that if they say things like that they aren’t even depressed. A third example would be taking a risk that could cause or lead to death, such as running a red light.
There are nine different types of depression. The first one is Major depression/ clinical depression which is a mental health disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing an impairment in someone’s daily life. The second type is persistent depressive disorder (PDD) which is a mild but long-term form of depression meaning it is less severe and has fewer symptoms. The symptoms can last for two years or longer. The third type of depression is Bipolar disorder also known as Manic depression this one is associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs. The fourth one is seasonal affective disorder (SAD) this depression is a depression that occurs at the same time every year. The fifth one is Psychotic depression with this type of depression people have disconnection from reality. The Sixth one is Peripartum (Postpartum) depression this type of depression often begins during a pregnancy, not just after delivery. The seventh one is Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a severe, sometimes even disabling extension of premenstrual syndrome. The eighth type of depression is Situational Depression unlike like PDD this one is a short–term thing, it is a stress-related type of depression. It can develop after you experience a traumatic event or series of events. Finally the ninth type of depression is Atypical Depression this type of depression is a type of depression that can be difficult to treat.

 

There are nine different types of depression. The first one is Major depression/ clinical depression which is a mental health disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing an impairment in someone’s daily life. The second type is persistent depressive disorder (PDD) which is a mild but long-term form of depression meaning it is less severe and has fewer symptoms. The symptoms can last for two years or longer. The third type of depression is Bipolar disorder also known as Manic depression this one is associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs. The fourth one is seasonal affective disorder (SAD) this depression is a depression that occurs at the same time every year. The fifth one is Psychotic depression with this type of depression people have disconnection from reality. The Sixth one is Peripartum (Postpartum) depression this type of depression often begins during a pregnancy, not just after delivery. The seventh one is Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a severe, sometimes even disabling extension of premenstrual syndrome. The eighth type of depression is Situational Depression unlike like PDD this one is a short–term thing, it is a stress-related type of depression. It can develop after you experience a traumatic event or series of events. Finally the ninth type of depression is Atypical Depression this type of depression is a type of depression that can be difficult to treat.