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Are there different types of depression?

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Last Updated: 11/10/2020 at 3:20pm
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October 27th, 2014 9:51am
It's normal to feel down once in a while, but if you're sad most of the time and it affects your daily life, you may have depression. It's a condition you can treat with medicine, talking to a therapist, or changes to your lifestyle. There are many different types of depression. Events in your life cause some, and chemical changes in your brain cause others. Whatever the cause, your first step is to let your doctor know how you're feeling. She may refer you to a mental health specialist to help figure out the type of depression you have. This diagnosis is important in deciding the right treatment for you. A Visual Guide to Understanding Depression Major Depression You may hear your doctor call this "major depressive disorder." You might have this type if you feel depressed most of the time for most days of the week. Some other symptoms you might have are: Loss of interest or pleasure in your activities Weight loss or gain Trouble getting to sleep or feeling sleepy during the day Feelings of being "sped up" or "slowed down" Being tired and without energy Feeling worthless or guilty Trouble concentrating or making decisions Thoughts of suicide Your doctor might diagnose you with major depression if you have five or more of these symptoms on most days for 2 weeks or longer. At least one of the symptoms must be a depressed mood or loss of interest in activities. Talk therapy can help. You'll meet with a mental health specialist who will help you find ways to manage your depression. Medications called antidepressants can also be useful. When therapy and medication aren't working, two other options your doctor may suggest are: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) ECT uses electrical pulses and rTMS uses a special kind of magnet to increase certain areas of brain activity. This helps the parts of your brain that control your mood work better. Persistent Depressive Disorder If you have depression that lasts for 2 years or longer, it's called persistent depressive disorder. It used to be known as dysthymia. You may have symptoms such as: Change in your appetite (not eating enough or overeating) Sleep too much or too little Lack of energy, or fatigue Low self-esteem Trouble concentrating or making decisions Feel hopeless You may be treated with psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two.
September 30th, 2014 3:03pm
Yes, for example major (clinical) depression or chronic depression. Furthermore everyone acts differently when they're depressed. Some people are always sad while others aren't able to feel anything.
November 1st, 2014 12:37pm
There are many different types of depression out there, from Manic Depression to Post Partum Depression and all different shades of depression in between. If you feel you are suffering from depression, talking to your doctor is the best start. They can advise you as to what your next step to getting better will be. There is also more information available on our Depression Self Help Guide, should you want some further reading on the subject.
April 4th, 2015 9:11am
Classified as a mood disorder, depression affects people very differently. There are also different types of depression.
August 17th, 2015 4:14pm
Yes. There's bipolar, seasonal affective disorder, dysthymia, major depression, atypical and melancholic. I am pretty sure there are more but if you ever want to learn more I suggest you look up in google: different types of depression. It will give you much more information than I can.
September 24th, 2014 12:14am
Yes. There is bipolar which involves extreme highs and lows. There is also clinical depression which involves the person being major depressed all the time. Both involve in depth treatment based the causes and circumstances surrounding the depression.
October 4th, 2014 12:15am
Yeah, there are. I guess it depends on the severity, the person, the events to cause it, and generally the situation itself. The depression is best treated if the person can explain it.
October 15th, 2014 9:24am
Yes there is. Depression varies from person to person, and it never feels the same for each one, it is impossible to understand what the other person with depression is going through, even if you have had a depression yourself.
October 22nd, 2014 3:03am
Yes there is clinical depression, major depression and many others that can really affect your lifestyle.
October 23rd, 2014 5:34pm
Yes, Seasonal Depression (depression that comes about in the winter), Clinical Depression, Post Traumatic Depression etc
October 23rd, 2014 11:06pm
There are! There is bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder, psychotic depression, post-partum depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, situational depression, and atypical depression. It's best to look up the symptoms and effects of these different types so you can find the one that best fits what you feel and discuss this with your doctor.
October 24th, 2014 6:27pm
Depression is different for everyone. Sure there are types like clinical or situation, but your depression can vary greatly from someone who also has clinical.
October 25th, 2014 1:06am
Yes, there are symptoms of both major depression and minor depression. It's best to talk to a doctor or therapist to explain your symptoms and discuss which type of depression you may be experiencing.
October 27th, 2014 4:18pm
Definitely. There is the typical form, major depressive disorder. Dysthymia, which is a form of depression that lasts much longer than major depressive disorder, more than two years. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form that occurs only during a certain type of season (winter for example). Postpartum depression is a type of depression diagnosed shortly after childbirth because of chemical imbalance.
October 29th, 2014 7:31pm
Yes, there are, there's bipolar depression which tends to be much more serious, general depression which usually is shrugged off and thought of as people just being sad, and severe depression which leads to suicidal thoughts and self harm quite often. There are many more types, but these are the basic forms of depression as I know them.
November 2nd, 2014 9:36pm
Depression can have different faces but ultimately the problem is the same. The problem can also be deeper rooted depending on the person, but it becomes very subjective and incomparable. I think that the problem is the inability to gain satisfaction, slowly the mind stops to even look for satisfaction as it has accepted there is none to be found. It's kind of a vicious cycle at that point that becomes very difficult to break.
November 2nd, 2014 11:08pm
Yes, there absolutely are. It definitely varies from person to person, both in severity, type, and symptoms.
November 4th, 2014 8:52am
There are many! This why you should see a professional if you think you have depression, so you can figure out what kind you have, how it affects you, and how best to address it in your day to day life.
November 6th, 2014 5:13pm
Yes, there are several different types of depression, and the symptoms vary. Each type requires a specific form of treatment which is designed for that specific type of depression.
November 7th, 2014 12:34pm
Yes there is. Major Depression, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Psychotic Depression, Postpartum Disorder, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Situational Disorder and Atypical Depression. That's what I have heard from my therapist. I'm sure you can find more information about them if you search for it online! Hope this helped x.
November 12th, 2014 1:32am
Yes, there are many many different types of depression. Just like there are tons of different types of anxiety. Depression is different for everyone
November 16th, 2014 1:18am
While the symptoms of depression are always consistent, there are different times of the year that depression may occur or even during the day! For example seasonal depression is a specific type that means an individual is depressed only during the winter months. Bipolar disorder (previously manic depression) includes depressive episodes which can happen at any time of day, week or month.
November 19th, 2014 10:44pm
There are different types of depression. I was diagnosed with hereditary, while other people just may go through hardships and be diagnosed.
May 20th, 2015 7:59pm
Yes. Major, Bipolar, Persistent, Seasonal, Psychotic, Postpartum, Situational, Premenstral, Atypical
May 29th, 2015 7:15pm
Yes, sometimes people feel depressed for a number of reasons or for no reason at all. Yes it is all a deepen sadness but it affects everybody very differently
June 7th, 2015 8:29pm
Very much so. There is deep depression to the point where you quite literately can't get out of bed, and there is the lighter depression where it's harder to do things but you can push through it and get them done. And there is a lot in between.
July 13th, 2015 8:00am
Of course. Variability arises in depression with many doorways. One of which would be acute depression, not ongoing or severe but comes and goes. Chronic depression is on going and can be detrimental to yourself and others around.
November 3rd, 2015 7:44pm
I say no different... coz it's all outside perspectives... its our mind and heart which is suffering...
December 21st, 2015 7:05am
Of course! No one is the same therefore no one with depression has the same type of depression. We are all different
March 8th, 2016 3:20am
There are a lot of different kinds of depression, each one has in my opinion a separate trigger. each one causes pain but there are different classifications. essentially different breadths and depths for example: Chronic Depression vs. Seasonal Depression.