The Types of Depression

Depression can take many forms. Seasonal affective disorder, clinical depression and bipolar depression and postpartum depression are all types of depression commonly diagnosed. Conditions such as substance abuse or an eating disorder can be confused with depression, and can make any form of depression difficult to diagnose. Other conditions can worsen a case of depression.

The following are some very common forms of depression.

One of the main types of depression is bipolar depression (also known as manic depressive illness). Bipolar depression is commonly recognized as someone who experiences being too happy, and then becomes depressed terribly.

One of the main types of depression that women are known to suffer from is postpartum depression. This happens right after giving birth to a baby.

A common subtype of depression is seasonal affective disorder. This form of depression seems to be linked to the way people react to the amount of sunlight available to them each day.

A very serious form of the many types of depression is psychotic depression. Those who suffer from psychotic depression often hallucinate. This is one of the most dangerous types of depression and, often, it is necessary for someone else to intervene and help.

People who seem to be constantly suffering from a mild form of depression are likely to suffer from dysthymia.

Another one of the many types of depression suffered by women is atypical depression. Experiencing things like panic attacks, overeating and sleep disorders commonly mark this form of depression.

No matter which of the many types of depression you may be suffering, knowing the difference between them is the best way to get the best possible treatment. Discuss any signs of depression with your doctor and work with him to find the most appropriate treatment for you.

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