You May Not Know It, But You May Have Suffered From Atypical Depression At Any One Point In Your Life
It is not uncommon for people to have a low moment in their life. In fact, it rare and almost impossible for anyone to experience a consistently happy or satisfied disposition. Depression is not a feeling nor a fleeting emotion. Rather, it is a mood disorder that leaves you down and severely unhappy with what’s going on in your life.
While there are clinical terms for different kinds of severe depressive states, there is such a thing called atypical depression that a “normal” human being (meaning, one who has not been diagnosed with any disorder) unavoidably goes through during highly stressful events in life. Ironically, there is nothing unusual at all about this kind of mood because so many people go through it. Its triggers can be predicted — much like seasonal affective disorder. Get to how this common ‘atypical’ condition happens and how to conquer it.
What are the signs?
Atypical depression is bound to make you feel exhausted, both in mind and body. You just want to stay in bed the whole time because you feel lethargic and lacking in energy. Also, you are in your most vulnerable state that you tend to be easily affected by negative events, even though positive ones temporarily cheer you up. Furthermore, you might also be quickly irritated by even the most trivial things. The signs can be summed up into four, in order of predominance:
- Eating a lot more than your usual appetite.
- You like to sleep all the time and are almost always sleepy.
- Feeling ‘heavy’ in your extremities and therefore, you feel restricted in your physical movements.
- You are extremely sensitive that you easily get hurt by other people
What triggers atypical depression?
The causes may differ among people, but the most common reasons why a person reaches an atypical depressive state are:
- Rejection from your boss, loved one, or a friend.
- A huge problem at work or business.
- Sudden loss of a job or a loved one.
- Failure to meet expectations or set goals.
This is not to say that people who go through any of the above become depressed. It all depends on each one’s coping mechanism and available support system.
How is it cured?
Should you feel the need to get help to treat your atypical depressive state, you can consider any of these options:
They help alleviate your symptoms, specifically your tendency to crave for carbohydrates. They can also contribute to regulating your blood sugar level and the chemicals that go to the brain to trigger the mood.
Though these drugs are effective, take care by making sure that you take them under medical supervision.
Studies show that this is the safest form of cure. It involves talking to an expert to assist you in your journey of dealing with your depression.
Is there a way to avoid it?
The answer is – it all depends on you. Certain people are prone to succumb to the effects of stress in life. They find it difficult to function properly whenever they get overwhelmed by all the ‘negative’ things happening around them. It is believed that living in an environment where there is a significant number of supportive people (to you) is a great way to steer clear of atypical depression.
What if despite this you still find yourself int the trap? Then the best way to handle it is to take a proactive approach by knowing the signs and doing whatever you can to counter it before its onset.
Atypical depression should not be taken lightly because if untreated, it can lead to other, more dangerous and damaging outcome such as substance abuse or even suicide. It may also result in unwanted weight gain because of uncontrollable eating and sedentary habits. However, compared to the other types of depression, it is the one that holds the most promise in responding to treatments. More often than not, those who have been afflicted emerge from their condition unscathed and ready to go back to their old selves.
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” — Helen Keller