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Depression

Depression

Most people feel down once in a while that is normal, however, if someone is sad most of the time to the extent that it is affecting their daily life, they may have clinical depression.

Depression is a serious condition that leads to a range of behavioral and physical symptoms that affect a person’s mind and body, and impact all aspects of everyday life including changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior or self-esteem. It can come from chemical imbalances in the brain, hormonal changes, medications or other things happening in a person’s life.

It is also one of the most common mood disorders, with around 15 million adults in the U.S. experiencing one major depressive episode every year. It can happen to anyone, at any age, and to people of any race or ethnic group. At any time, 3 to 5 percent of adults suffer from it, with as many as 8 out of every 100 teens having serious forms of it.

 

Three Main Types of Depressive Disorders :

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Major Depression

Major Depression will interfere with someone’s ability to work, study, eat, and sleep, and will include at least five of the following symptoms for at least two weeks:

• Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities, including sex
• Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling “slowed down”
• Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
• Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
• Low appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain
• Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
• Restlessness, irritability

Major depressive episodes may occur once or twice in a lifetime, or they may recur frequently. They may also take place spontaneously, for example during or after a significant life event such as the death of a loved one, a romantic breakup or a medical illness.

Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD)

Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD) which used to be called dysthymia, is a chronic type of depression in which a person’s moods are regularly low for at least two years. Although it is considered less severe than major depression, it involves similar symptoms to those listed above including low energy, poor appetite or overeating, and insomnia or oversleeping.

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Bi-polar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder (aka Manic Depression) is characterized by mood cycles that can shift from severe highs (or mania) to severe lows (depression). Each episode usually lasts days to weeks at a time, and may occur several times a year. During the depressive phase, a person experiences similar symptoms to those listed above, while during the manic phase, he or she may experience:

• Excessive elation or irritability
• Markedly increased energy and decreased need for sleep
• Grandiose notions
• Increased talking and racing thoughts
• Poor judgement and inappropriate social behavior

Treatment

Depression is the most treatable of all mood disorders. Depending on the symptoms, various kinds of therapies work. We have found that people with depression often experience symptoms similar to those of an anxiety disorder at some point. As anxiety makes depression worse – and vice versa – we believe it’s important to consider treatment for both conditions. Our treatment approach depends on the type of depression and its severity, and can include therapy, medication, or some combination of the two.

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