Common Symptoms of Depression
Depression and bipolar disorders are mental disorders, real physical illnesses that affect a person’s moods, thoughts, body, energy and emotions. Both disorders, especially bipolar disorder, tend to follow a cyclical course, meaning they have ups and downs.
- Sad, depressed mood
- Increased or decreased sleep patterns
- Increased or decreased appetite
- Disinterest in previously enjoyable activities
- Feelings of worthlessness/hopelessness
- Suicidal ideations
Examples of a Depressive Disorder include:
- Major Depressive Disorder- having symptoms of depression for more days than not during a 2 week period.
- Persistent Depressive Disorder- having underlying symptoms more often than not during a 2 year period.
- Bipolar Disorder- having periods of depression and periods of mania (elevated mood).
- Postpartum Depression- having symptoms of depression during pregnancy or after the birth of a child
- Premenstrual Depressive Disorder- having depressive symptoms that are more prevalent surrounding a woman’s menstrual cycle.
- Seasonal Affective Disorder- having symptoms of depression that are more prevalent around the winter months.
- Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder- recurrent anger outbursts that seem to be out of proportion to situation.