Depression

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Forms of Depression

Depression is a very common but can grow into a serious mood disorder, if not controlled. The more severe cases are called major depressive disorder or clinical depression. It can cause severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities. It can affect sleeping, eating, or working. Because mood swings are normal, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks before one can be diagnosed with depression.


Some forms of depression are vary slightly, or they may develop under unique circumstances, such as:


  • Persistent depressive disorder
  • Perinatal depression
  • Psychotic depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Disruptive mood Dysregulation disorder
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Symptoms of Depression

There is no age limit on the beginning of depression but it often begins in adulthood. It is now found in children and adolescents, but usually just seems like prominent irritability than low mood. Many chronic mood and anxiety disorders in adults begin as high levels of anxiety in children.


Some symptoms of depression include feeling several of the following for at least 2 weeks:


  • Feeling sad, anxious, or empty
  • Feeling hopeless or pessimistic
  • Feeling guilty, worthless, or helpless
  • Not enjoying things you used to enjoy
  • Trouble with concentration
  • Trouble with memory
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Sleeping too much
  • Sleeping too little
  • Appetite changes
  • Gaining or losing weight
  • Feeling restless or irritable
  • Thoughts of suicide or death

Treatment is more effective the earlier it begins. Depression is usually treated with medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two. Contact us today to begin your treatment process.