There are a wide variety of treatment options available for depression, and it’s likely you will find one that works for you.
Though depression is often recognized by feelings of hopelessness, even the most severe cases of depression can be effectively treated. Depression can be defined as a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, tendencies, feelings, and sense of well-being. Depression can also be a symptom of some physical diseases, or even a side effect of some drugs, medications, or medical treatments.
Common Symptoms of Depression
Major depressive disorder can develop at any age, and is often a normal temporary reaction to life events. Some of the common signs and symptoms of depression may include:
- sad, unmotivated, or depressed mood
- increased or decreased sleep patterns; insomnia
- increased or decreased appetite
- disinterest in previously enjoyable activities or hobbies
- feelings of worthlessness / hopelessness
- suicidal ideations
Examples of Depressive Disorders
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 (recognized as an 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.