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Are there different types of depression?

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Last Updated: 02/27/2018 at 6:48am
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Dogmatix8
March 29th, 2016 7:31pm
I think that everyone has a different experience of depression but there are similar things such as a lack of motivation ect.
Anonymous
April 11th, 2016 2:27am
Yes, there are many types, there's one where you feel it constantly and then there's seasonal affective disorder which you get a sense of depression when there is a lack of sunlight and many more other types
awesomeGrace
April 18th, 2016 12:35am
There are lots of types of depression. Each season of life has it's own struggles and successes. Each person experiences things in their own way. No one person's trials supersedes another person's.
Anonymous
May 2nd, 2016 7:32am
Yes, there are many kinds of depression. Depression is very common and very diverse. Classical depression, also called melancholic depression, was first described over two thousand years ago. People with classical depression usually have trouble sleeping - they wake up too early in the morning and cannot fall asleep again. They also don't want to eat, and they lose weight. Even when good things happen, they still feel sad and hopeless. Less than 50% of depression patients match these classic symptoms, and this is called atypical depression. Many depressed people sleep too much. Many depressed people eat too much and gain weight. Many depressed people do feel happier, for a short time, if good things happen. People with classical depression tend to get depressed for a few months, but then they get better again. Some types of depression are much more brief. Women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) get very depressed during a certain stage of their menstrual cycle, but it usually lasts no more than two weeks. Different types of depression respond to different medications, so it is important to find a doctor and talk about your symptoms. How much do you sleep? How much do you eat? When do you feel happy? What negative feelings do you experience? When a doctor or therapist has a good idea of what type of depression you have, they can make recommendations just for you. Everyone is different, and every case of depression is different. Although there are broad categories with important similarities, such as classical depression, bipolar depression, psychotic depression, and PMDD.
Anonymous
September 6th, 2016 10:33am
Googling so hard? Major Depression Persistent Depressive Disorder Bipolar Disorder Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Psychotic Depression Postpartum Depression Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) 'Situational' Depression Atypical Depression
exquisiteBlanket21
September 26th, 2016 2:04am
there are two main categories of depression—major depressive disorder and dysthymia—and a grouping of other, less common types. There are also a number of other mood disorders that can cause depression symptoms.
afzalmaverick
October 18th, 2016 4:08am
Yes there are many its depends on the symptoms and duration eg powt traumatic, major depression etc
PlumQueen2988
October 25th, 2016 6:38am
Yes, there are multiple types of depression, depending on what you are depressed about, and also types of depression depending on its level of occurrence.
Anonymous
February 6th, 2017 4:35pm
yes there are. for example you can have a depressive episode which is often caused by a very disturbing or stressful event that happened in your life. a depressive episode is temporary. then there's depression caused by these same things but it's longer than just one episode. you don't necessarily need a cause to suffer from depression. there's chemical things in your brain that can be causing your depression.
Gaara
February 6th, 2017 7:37pm
There's a huge variety of depressions everyone experiences differently. Here's a list of just a few: Major Depression Persistent Depressive Disorder Bipolar Disorder Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Psychotic Depression Peripartum (Postpartum) Depression Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
TaranWanderer
May 2nd, 2017 6:57pm
Yes! Not only are there different types, but even the same types are a different experience for different people. Some of the main types are: Major depression, Seasonal, Persistent, Dysthymia, Double (Mix of Dysthymia and clinical depression), Bipolar, Postpartum, etc.
Georgia
August 28th, 2017 1:00pm
Of course! There's several types, such as Postnatal Depression for new Mom's, Bipolar Depression, Manic Depression and so much more!
Austintin
October 3rd, 2017 3:42pm
Absolutely. Depression can affect men and women differently. As well, there are sub-sets of depression . Major depression affects about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population over age 18, according to the National Institute of Mental Health — although women are 70 percent more likely to be diagnosed with major depressive disorder than men. There’s no clear-cut cause for major depressive disorder, although doctors think it could stem from anything from traumatic life events to brain chemistry, genetics and hormones.
scenicJoy56
February 27th, 2018 6:48am
There are actually a lot of different types of depression. It can range from seasonal affective disorder to persistent depressive disorder to situational depression. Depression can also manifest in different ways. If you’re concerned about depression it is really important to talk to a professional. Most forms of depression are really treatable and the recovery rate is actually better the quicker you start treatment.