Ten Different Types of Depression and the Things to Look for

Ten Different Types of Depression and the Things to Look for
Ten Different Types of Depression and the Things to Look for

You might be thinking it is easy to spot signs of depression in people, but that is not the case at all. In fact, there are lots of different types of depression and while I can’t go into all of them here I will tell you ten of the most common and while this is in no way a sure sign of depression it should inform you of the sort of things to look out for…


 

Major Depression

This is the most common type and one that millions of people suffer all over the world. Part of major depressive disorder you will often feel down most of the time and even have thoughts of suicide. If you even think you might be suffering from this it is best to get help and advice as soon as possible.

Persistent Depression

While many other types of depression can often be over in a matter of days or weeks this type can go on for years. One of the most common forms of this is sleeping too little or too much all of the time. When you suffer from depression for that length of time it can understandably get you down which in turns leads to a never-ending cycle that should be broken as soon as you can by seeking the right help.

Manic Depression

Anyone who suffers from bipolar disorder will know this one. This is a sudden dip in mood that can last for days or even weeks. Unlike BPD (Borderline personality disorder) that only lasts hours this form lasts a lot longer and can happen for almost no reason at all and is just part of life with bipolar.

Seasonal Depression

Do you find that you often suffer from depression at a certain time of the year? If so it might be SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). While this is usually people suffering in the wintertime as the days get shorter it can also occur in the summertime as days get longer! This is something you might notice after a few years of the same behaviour and it is something that you should seek help and advice for, even if it does only last a few months.

Psychotic Depression

This is probably one of the most extreme types of depression and consists of more extreme signs. Things like seeing or hearing things as well as the depression on top, this must be one of the most frightening types of depression and is often caused by continuous depression that has gone untreated. If things have progressed to this level of depression you really need to seek help immediately even if you just think you might have it.

Peripartum Depression

This might shock you, but it is not only females that can suffer from this type of depression! Sure, it is mostly the birthing mothers that suffer from it in the months after childbirth, but it has been known to affect males as well, especially in cases of complications with the birthing process. The good news is there is lots of help for this and even talking to other mothers (or fathers) about it could help you understand it and control it a little better.

Situational Depression

This type of depressions is kind of self-explanatory. It means the sense of feeling depressed over a single situation like exams, a work project or even a wedding! While this might be a short time frame (as little as a single day) you can still seek help for it and a single visit to a therapist could make you feel much better about it. This is often something can build over time even after the event, so do make sure you keep on top of how you are feeling.

Reactive Depression

This is often caused by a depressed reaction to a single event. Something like a wedding or a funeral can cause an instant bout of depression and while it is often over quicker than most other types on this list it can still cause problems if it goes on for some time. This is one of those types of depression that is worth taking notes on yourself for. Making sure you are OK in the days, weeks and months after the event you reacted to.

Premenstrual Depression

This is often part of PMDD (Premenstrual dysphoric disorder) and often appears in the days both before (and sometimes during) the premenstrual cycle. This is often something that will go unnoticed and doesn’t often cause major problems, but it is worth noting your mood to make sure it is not overwhelming you too much.

Atypical Depression

I have put this one last because of course being ‘Atypical’ means it is not representative of a type, group, or class. There are countless reasons this could happen and it is unusual over before you can seek help for it as a single positive event can flip your mood instantly. But that doesn’t mean it is any less serious than any of these forms of depression on this list and no matter how quick it might be over talking about it with others or at the very least your doctor can prevent other forms of depression from materializing.

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