Common Types of Depression
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People vary in how they are impacted by depression. People can experience mild to severe symptoms. Those symptoms can last for a short time or an extended period. Here are the main types of depression.
Major Depression is also called Clinical Depression or Major Depressive Disorder. This type can happen to anyone and any age. It’s debilitating, impacting someone’s ability to do even the most basic daily activities. This isn’t just ‘a mood’. There are strong feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness. The sufferer’s view of who they are is dominated by guilt, self-blame, and shame. Notably, there can also be thoughts of suicide.
The person can feel lonely and disconnected from other people. Yet, have little interest in being around others. And they can find being around others too stressful or exhausting. Thus, they self-isolate as a way to cope. Sufferers can feel sad and tearful or agitated and angry. They can be easily annoyed and frustrated with small problems. Similarly, they can be completely discouraged by minor challenges. In fact, some individuals struggle with anxiety or become completely impassive. Clinical depression disrupts sleep. Some sufferers oversleep while others have difficulty sleeping at all. Due to the lack of energy, even small tasks can seem exhausting.
And, this illness disrupts appetite. Some people experience a complete loss of appetite, while others have cravings for specific foods, like junk food. There’s a loss of interest in things and an inability to experience joy or pleasure. Brain activity slows, making concentration and focus difficult—the ability to retain information and remember things decreases. As difficult as this type of depression can be, the latest research shows that the most effective treatment for clinical depression is anti-depressant medication combined with counselling.