Have you been feeling depressed lately, but you’re not sure if you’re actually suffering from depression?
Or, maybe you suffered from depression in the past, and you’re afraid that you’re starting to feel the symptoms again. Regardless of what your questions are about depression, one of the most important aspects that you need to resolve is what type of depression you suffer from.
Because the different types of depression vary so much, but all have very similar symptoms; it is very easy to think that you have a different kind of depression than you actually do. Treating the wrong kind can have disastrous side effects, which can be as bad as thoughts of suicide.
To help avoid this, we’re going to go through the different types of depression, so that you can help identify which one you most likely have.
The first type of depression that you probably hear the most about, especially from commercials, is chronic depression. Chronic depression is when you suffer from major depression for an ongoing period of time and without a break.
To be specific, major depression is when you feel depressed for most of the day almost every day for at least two weeks. Obviously, this is one of the most commonly diagnosed types of depression, simply because it requires such a short time span to begin treatment.
Chronic depression is when you have episodes of major depression ongoing for at least two years. This is why so many prescriptions are geared towards chronic depression, because it is an ongoing impairment of your normal daily functions, and it becomes very difficult for you live with, especially over the course of several years.
The second most common of the different types of depression is called manic depression, though it is now more commonly known as bipolar disorder. In this form of depression, there are actually two states; the manic state and the depressed state.
During the manic state, the individual will feel extreme happiness, almost euphoria; they will feel extremely powerful or motivated, and they will feel confident or unrealistically confident in their own abilities. Additionally, they frequently cannot control their thoughts and will also find it very difficult to stop talking.
In the depressed state, the symptoms are the same as those for major depression. This disease is very difficult because the individual sufferers a happy state, which makes the depression state that much more difficult to go through.
Those are just the two most common of the different types of depression, though there are several other ones. For example, postpartum depression occurs after a mother has a child, and the severity and duration of the depression varies greatly. Some women don’t have it all, and some women will actually harm their children if they are not properly treated.
Because of this, most hospitals are extremely careful to monitor the mother’s emotional and mental state after the birth is complete. They want to make sure that the woman in question is not showing any symptoms of postpartum depression.
Another common form of depression is seasonal affected depression, or SAD. Many people suffer from this, especially during the winter. Basically, it is a form of depression that a person suffers at the same time every year, for whatever reason.
For example, many people suffer from SAD in winter because of the limited daylight, or because of the cold. Allergy sufferers may feel depressed during spring every year, when the pollen count is highest, and it is most difficult for them to breathe.
Whatever form of depression you might have, it’s important that you don’t just try to get through it on your own. See a doctor, or get some expert help and guidance.
Luckily there are even self-help treatments available for almost all types of depression. If you feel uncomfortable going to a doctor or psychologist, or cannot afford the treatment, then self-help therapies might be very helpful for you.