Symptoms and Types of Depression

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Depression is a complicated psychological and physical battle.  It includes low mood levels and the feeling of sadness, the most prominent symptoms.  This has been said to be caused by decreased activity level in certain parts of the brain but is still not fully understood.

 Unfortunately there are no real medical tests to determine if you have depression( x-rays, blood tests, etc.).  The only know what to test for depression is to get an assessment done.  A depression professional will as if you are suffering from any of the depression symptoms.

Common symptoms of depression include the following; patient could have multiple symptoms:

  • Feeling sad or lower than normal mood level
  • Loss of interest or joy
  • Pessimism.
  • Feeling of guilt for no reason
  • Feeling inferior
  • Irritable
  • Slower thought process
  • Slower in interpreting sensorial stimuli.
  • Slower digestion and internal issues
  • Slower physical reactions.

When an individual feels depressed it is because there is a decreased amount of neurotransmitters in certain parts of the central nervous system.  It is usually due to a deficiency of serotonin, but can also include noradrenaline, acetylcholine, dopamine or nerve cells not responding properly.  Deficiency of serotonin and noradrenaline cause slowness in parts of the brain; nerve cells become slower and cannot send impulses along to other nerve cells, slowing down brain activity and causing depression.

Depression has been categorized into these subtypes according to symptoms: Major Depression, Bipolar, Manic and Physical Depression.

 Major Depressive Disorder

Major depression, to some patients, is potentially disabling.  This form of depression has  a tendency to affect one generation to the next in some families, but can also affect individuals with no family history of clinical depression.  Some  will only experience a single episode of depression, others will have recurrent episodes of depression.  There are a combination of symptoms that patients find disabling in their daily life, such as; sleep, eat, work, activities and relationships.


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Dysthymic Disorder

Dysthymic disorder, also known as mild chronic depression, will cause symptoms that last for a long period of time.  The symptoms are consider less severe than major depression and aren’t as disabling, but still makes it hard to function normally.  The episodes are similar to major depression, where the patient might experience single or recurrent episodes in their lifetime.  Unfortunately an individual with dysthymia may feel periods of major depression.


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Psychotic Depression

Psychotic depression, also known as a delusional depression, is when the patient experiences depression mixed with hallucinations, delusions and/or reality withdrawal.  This intense psychosis has many patients struggling with reality.  Please do not link psychotic depression to schizophrenia.  Schizophrenia psychosis is more often bizarre or implausible, not making any common sense.  On the other hand, psychotic depression patients have more depressive symptoms base on a theme, themselves.  It usually consists of such things as getting angry for an unknown reason, hearing voices that degrade you, delusions of worthlessness or failure, and being lost from reality.


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Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression, also known as postnatal depression or PND, is a form of a depression that women suffer for a short period of time after childbirth.  Statics show that about 10 percent of all women will experience major depression episode within the first two weeks, most commonly postpartum depression.  Many go untreated and suffer for long periods of time.


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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a form of depression where the patient experiences extreme lows (depression) and extreme highs(manias). This is a very serious disorder and can be life threatening if untreated.
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