Depression can pose a significant risk to your health and wellbeing. It can negatively affect your daily life and can eventually become a debilitating disorder. People affected by major depression tend to be less likely to ask for help and typically choose to wait for their symptoms to resolve themselves. There are various types of depression disorders.
Types of Depression Disorders
Bipolar disorder II is an affective, or mood, disorder that features extreme and unpredictable shifts between depressive periods and manic periods, with milder manic periods but more severe depressive periods.
Postpartum depression affects 3 million new mothers per year and tends to last about three months. This form of depression affects a mother’s ability to bond with her baby due to feelings of sadness, intense irritability, insomnia, loss of appetite, mood swings, and thoughts of harming baby or self.
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
MDD affects over 16 million Americans each year, and features persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or despair, fatigue, weight gain or loss, change in sleeping habits, loss of interest in usual activities or hobbies, slowed motor movements, and suicidal thoughts or attempts.
Dysthymia, or persistent depressive disorder, is a milder but chronic form of MDD that lasts more than two years. Dysthymia features low mood, loss of interest in activities, reduced appetite, feelings of low self-esteem, problems concentrating, hopelessness, and sleep disturbance.
What can cause a Depression Disorder?
Trauma, physical or sexual abuse, sudden loss of a loved one, divorce, or a serious financial setback can trigger a depressive disorder.
Ongoing study into the role of neural activity and brain chemistry imbalances shows these to be factors in mood regulation.
Our individual temperaments play a part in how we process and manage stressful life events.
It is found that people with a strong family history of depression are more prone to it themselves.
Certain medical conditions may trigger a depressive disorder, such as cancer, lupus, stroke, dementia, HIV, or Parkinson’s disease. The drugs used to manage medical conditions can also have side effects of depressed mood.
How we treat Depression Disorders
Treatments for a depressive disorder are determined by the type involved. At Clear Mind Treatment, we commonly use a combination of psychotherapy with antidepressant drug therapy.
Antidepressants work by adjusting your brain chemistry in several ways. There are currently over 30 different antidepressants available on the market today.
Individual and group-based therapy can help patients better review and process their underlying emotional concerns to change negative thoughts and behavior patterns.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy uses electromagnetic energy to stimulate sluggish neurons within the brain’s mood center. For more on our TMS Therapy, visit our TMS program page. (insert link)
Alternative activities such as yoga, journaling, meditation, equine therapy, massage, and self-discovery, patients tend to exhibit a reduction in stress and more relaxed moods.
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