What Is Depression
Everybody has their highs and lows. However, feelings of sadness are usually relatively brief and pass by unless one has depression. With depression, those feelings are persistent and can interfere with nearly every aspect of their life. Depression is as mood disorder that causes constant feelings of sadness, hopelessness and loss of interest in many activities that one usually would find enjoyable.
Some Common Forms of Depression
Depression can affect individuals differently depending on their genetics and experiences. There are several forms of depression including the following:
- Major Depression: This form of depression is severe and interferes with one’s ability to sleep, eat, work, concentrate and enjoy their life. Treatment is often needed for this condition to improve.
- Persistent Depressive Disorder: This causes a depressed mood which is experienced for at least two years. A person diagnosed with this condition could have episodes of major depression, as well as periods of less serious depressive symptoms
- Bipolar disorder: Previously known as manic depression, this disorder is characterized by periods or high energy and low depression. During low periods, individuals will experience depressive symptoms.
- Psychotic Depression: This occurs when a person experiences some form of psychosis along with severe depression. This can often be characterized by someone experiencing delusions and audio or visual hallucinations.
- Seasonal Affective Disorder: Characterized by the onset of major depressive symptoms during the winter months, when less natural sunlight is present.
- Postpartum depression: This form of depression is specific to women who have just recently given birth, in which serious physical and hormonal changes occur. Around 10 to 15 percent of women experience this within the weeks and months after giving birth
Understanding what depression is can help one get started on finding help. The next step is learning to identify the symptoms. No matter what though, those suffering from depression should seek proper help and treatment as soon as they can.
The Depression Treatment Helpline is a free resource for those struggling with depression to find effective treatment options. If someone you know is struggling with depression and is in need of treatment, please contact us at 866-619-5591. A member of our team will assist you in finding the best depression treatment center in your area.