Anxiety And Tension

Information On The Types Of Depression

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There are several types of depression. Let's have a look at them:

Major or Clinical Depression: This type of disorder often damages the teen’s capability to sleep, work, concentrate, eat, function and respond to things as he normally does. This type of depression prevents teens from enjoying activities that they once find pleasurable. Oftentimes, teens that suffer from this major or clinical depression also suffer from low self-esteem. Major or clinical depression may occur and reoccur over the person’s life. To those who seek aid, major or clinical depression can be treated.

Dysthymia: This is a less severe type of depression but is present to the person for years. Though it is called less severe, this does not mean that it is not lethal. Many sufferers of dysthymia experience chronic symptoms. For most cases, dysthymia may manifest in the following:  Feeling of hopelessness and pessimism , Problems with the digestive system , lethargy , Dizziness , headaches and other physical symptoms, Difficulty on staying asleep or difficulty in sleeping , and Subsequent days of feeling depressed. Often from 2 to 3 days. 
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Dysthymia may not be severe enough to disable a person but teens that suffer from this will still need to seek medical attention.

Bipolar Disorder: This is also referred to as Manic-Depression or Manic-Depressive Disorder. It is characterized by sudden change of mood or alteration of moods between periods. These “mood changes” are called mania for ups and depression for downs. The person who experiences Bipolar Disorder may experience a series of ups for several days. This would include extreme irritability, euphoric mood, increased energy, aggressive behavior or racing thoughts. Bipolar Disorder is considered to be one of the major types of depression. However, this condition can be treated.

Mood Swing:Though this is a common experience not only among teens but among all, mood swing is still considered a type of depression. People who experience mood swing also have periods of ups and downs like those experienced by the person with Bipolar Disorder. Mood swing is not as severe as Bipolar Disorder and it can be treated.
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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): This type of depression is experienced during a particular time of the year, which is often during winter and fall. Symptoms include that usual symptoms of depression such as sadness, apathy etc.

Cyclothemia: This is referred to as milder from of bipolar disorder. It involves mood swings, alternating between ups and downs. This may not be as severe as bipolar disorder but it can definitely affect the social relationship, family life, and school performance of teens that suffer from it. Medications on the other hand provide a certain level of relief.

Postpartum Depression: This type of depression often occurs after pregnancy. Things like change in hormonal level, physical stress of childbirth and task in caring for a newborn baby are some of the reasons why Postpartum Depression is experienced.