Going through problems? Or do you know of people undergoing noticeable change in behavior and health? You or someone close to you might be needing help. Dealing with stressful events in life could have drastic effects on your behavior and both physical and emotional health. Going through the difficult times in your life could eventually pave way to depression. It is a very serious matter and one that should not be ignored as it may result to long-term psychological disorders or as worse as death.
Orienting yourself with these life-ruining instances that could befall to a person taking seriously the blow of life could be avoided by seeking out help to family and expert professionals. In knowing the other faces of depression and grave cases caused by grief could as well enable you to identify people desperately or maybe quietly needing help.
Let’s take a look to the different and not so common forms of depression you should be aware of.
Major Depressive Disorder.
Simply called major depression, it is the extent of experiencing low mood, loss of interest in daily activities, trouble of sleeping, weight loss or gain, feeling of guilt and worthlessness, inability to focus and thoughts of suicide. Having five of the said symptoms for at least 2 weeks or longer, you or someone you know should consult your family or seek help from a professional for therapy. It can range from mild, moderate or severe. Talk of your problems with people you could trust and try to open up the things concerning you most.
It is the highest form of major depression where utter loss of interest in everything is observable. Nothing is of value to someone experiencing Melancholia. No signs of interest, curiosity, pleasure and concern are present in his mood.
It is a form of depression where a person loses track of reality. He experiences episodes of hallucinations, seeing or hearing things that aren’t really present, or delusions, having false belief over people, situation or things. They show signs of paranoia thinking things like everyone may be out to get them or something is going on against them.
4. Manic Depression.
This is simply known as the Bipolar Disorder. Though a rare kind of depression and mostly acquired through heredity that sums only up to 2% of the population, it is still a possible cause to acquire. People who experience Bipolar Disorder goes through 3 periods: depression, normal mood and mania. Mania is the state of being overly happy, energetic and being irritable and frustrated. Drastic change of mood from one to another is observed from this person. This kind of depression is usually misdiagnosed and confused with major depression, schizophrenia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as they show some closely exhibited characteristics.
5. Dysthymic Disorder.
It is otherwise known as Persistent Depressive Disorder. People going through with this kind of depression show mild to moderate depressed state but to compensate its mildness, it lasts as long as 2 years or longer. It is of a lesser degree or severity than major depression but persistent enough to last years.
Women in their pregnancy experience this form of depression that lasts ‘till the succeeding years after childbirth. It lasts long affecting not only the mother but her relationship with her child as well. This is confused with what the doctors termed as ‘baby blues’ which affects 80% of women immediately after childbirth where stress from pregnancy and difficulty of adjusting to a new lifestyle of having a baby around.
7. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
It is a kind of depression triggered by season, usually winter months. Low and depressing mood, weight gain or loss, sleepiness or insomnia is commonly observed but fade away when another season begins, like the start of spring or summer from cold or winter season. Its causes are still unclear but it is said to be affected by varied light exposure resulting from changing seasons.
8. Cyclothymic Disorder.
This is a milder form of Manic Depression or Bipolar disorder which exhibits symptoms more irregularly and with shorter periods. The span of the fluctuating moods occur and reoccur for 2 years but with different and longer intervals, not fit for Bipolar Disorder diagnosis.
Being aware of several forms of depression could save you from handling your emotions well and live a healthy state of mind, body and soul.