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Types of Depression and their Symptoms

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If a person may report feeling “empty”, “sad”, may cry frequently or show markedly diminished interest then, it is sure that he or she is suffering from depression symptoms.

Not only has this, but there are also several other symptoms that lead to this serious problem such as:

  • Increasing antisocial behavior.
  • Wanting to leave home.
  • Becoming negative and feeling ‘picked on’ or disapproved of.
  • Aggression
  • Withdrawal from family and other social activities.
  • Performing poorly in school and unable to concentrate on studies.
  • Lack of attention to personal grooming.

Now let us further discuss the types of depressions and their signs and symptoms:

Types of Depression

Major Depressive Disorder

It is also known as Clinical depression that occurs with symptoms that last for most of the day, nearly every day for at least 2 or 3 weeks. In this kind of depression, the symptoms may include:

  • Depressed mood
  • A noticeable decrease in interest or pleasure in all or most activities.
  • Difficulty sleeping or increase in sleeping

Dysthymic Disorder

It is also referred to as Dysthymia. If a patient has a nearly constant depressed mood for at least 2 years accompanied by at least two (or more) of the following:

  • Decrease or increase in eating
  • Difficulty sleeping or increase in sleeping
  • Low energy or fatigue
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions.

Manic Depression

This type of depression is also known as Bipolar Disorder. This kind of depression includes periods of depression and mania. However, the signs and symptoms of depression in this include:

  • Inflated self-esteem or self-importance.
  • Decreased need for sleep.
  • More talkative than usual or compelled to keep talking.
  • Experiencing racing thoughts or ideas.
  • Increase in goal-oriented activity (social, work, school, sexual) or excessive movement.

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