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Depression Disorder

There are many different forms of depression but they're not the same thing as just feeling sad or down like we all feel sometimes. There are serious forms of depression that have a severe effect on a person's life and well-being. Unfortunately most people who suffer from a depressive illness never get the diagnosis or treatment they need and this is unfortunate.

Most people suffering from a form of depression are able to be successfully treated and lead a happy functional life. The two most common forms of depression are Major Depressive Disorder and Dysthymic Disorder.

Major Depressive Disorder

When a person is suffering from major depression they're unable to function normally because the symptoms are disabling. Some people may only be affected with major depression one time in their life but most of the time people have major depression episodes throughout their life, at least more than one episode. The symptoms of major depression are so debilitating that the person has a hard time working, sleeping, studying, eating, and they're unable to enjoy their life.

Dysthymic Disorder

Dysthymic disorder is also referred to as dysthymia and lasts 2 years or more. Symptoms that aren't as severe don't keep the person from feeling good and aren't disabling for them. They're still able to function normally. People who have dysthymia can also go through episodes of major depression in their lifetime, sometimes more than once.

Psychotic Depression

When a person is suffering from a severe depressive illness and they begin to experience delusions or hallucinations it's referred to as psychotic depression.

Postpartum Depression

This form of depression is associated in new mothers and can take place within the first month after delivery. Around 10 to 15% of women go through postpartum depression after they give birth.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

This form of depression takes place during the winter months when our natural sunlight decreases. Seasonal affective disorder usually gets better during the spring and summer months. Some people with SAD do well with light therapy but almost half of the people with seasonal affective disorder don't. Psychotherapy and medications can help reduce the symptoms along with light therapy in many people. Sometimes medication and psychotherapy are successful without the need of light therapy.

Depression Symptoms

The symptoms of depression are not exactly the same in every person. Symptoms vary depending on the person and the depressive illness. Everyone is different and each depressive illness is too, this makes a difference when determining how severe, how long and how often these symptoms will occur.

  1. Emptiness, sadness and anxious persistent feelings
  2. Feeling hopeless, doubtful or negative
  3. Feeling worthless, helpless and guilty
  4. Irritable
  5. Restless
  6. Losing interest in things once enjoyed which includes sex
  7. Fatigue and tiredness
  8. Loss of energy
  9. Difficulty in making decisions
  10. Hard to remember details and facts
  11. Hard to concentrate
  12. Insomnia
  13. Tired all the time and sleeping too much
  14. Waking up too early
  15. Eating too much or not enough because of loss of appetite
  16. Suicidal thoughts
  17. Suicidal attempts
  18. Aches or pains that are persistent
  19. Headaches
  20. Cramps
  21. Digestive problems that don't get better with treatment

Many people who suffer from depression also use substances like marijuana or other drugs, alcohol, or tobacco in hopes of feeling better. Many people don't even get their depression diagnosed until they seek treatment for alcohol or drug addiction. Depression affects a person's whole life including their health and well-being.

Medications like antidepressants can help with the symptoms of severe depression along with different forms of behavioral therapy. When a person attempts to self-medicate the symptoms of depression they only make them worse. Alcohol and many other drugs cause depression after a while which not only makes the depressive symptoms worse but affects your physical health as well. Call Today and let us help you seek the appropriate medical attention if your experiencing any of the symptoms associated with depression disorders and get help.

If you use drugs or alcohol and also experience depression symptoms, a good qualified substance abuse treatment center is equipped to diagnose and treat the depression and addiction successfully and you can recover. Don't wait for these symptoms to get worse because they will. There is a light at the end of the dark tunnel from depression and addiction and they'll help you get there.

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Comments & Replies:

  • Natalie @ May 28th, 2012

    I don't know what this is. I'm from Chicago. 28 and have an alcohol problem and depression. Where can I get help? And I don't have insurance.

  • Blanca Martin @ June 14th, 2012

    I'm 25 years old just decided to make a change in my life and get help I have no medical insurance and live in Tempe Arizona. I suffer from depression and bi polar.

  • Catherine @ December 31st, 2012

    Ok my whole family mom, dad, sister, brothers and myself have depression, and when my children where teenagers they both started doing drugs and my son also drank. My daughter got herself clean but my son hasn't and now my husband and I are raising his children. He does have insurance, can't keep a job and when he when he was under 18 we had him in rehab in Somerset, PA. but they left him out in less than a month. What can be done?

  • Audrey @ January 30th, 2013

    I need help now! My husband died 8- 2011 and I'm so sad inside. I try to hide it but I can't. I need to talk to someone about this but my appointment is in April, but I need help now , I really don't know why I don't have any friends anymore it's no one but my children and grandchildren. That really cares about me. Please help me.

  • Anonymous @ September 23rd, 2013

    I am still in high school, but have most of the symptoms associated with Dysthymic Disorder. I often think about suicide, but don't think I could ever go through with it. I often times feel alone and paranoid. My parents do not see my depression and would never support my disorder. I have told my mother before, but she ignores it. What should I do?


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