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Types of Depression

Types of Depression

There are a variety of types of depression. These include major depression, which is the most intense and serious type of depression. Dysthymic disorder is a less severe type of depression that is not as disabling as major depression, but is long lasting and negatively affects effective functioning and feelings of well being. Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depressive disorder, involves cycling mood changes, from depression to mania, an extremely energetic and "up" state. Post-partum depression is a depression that occurs after childbirth.

Only a thorough evaluation by a qualified health care professional, such as a psychiatrist or nurse practitioner who specializes in mental health, can determine what is causing your particular symptoms and make a diagnosis of depression.

Depression: Types list

The list of types of Depression mentioned in various sources includes:

Curable Types of Depression:

  • Bulimia nervosa related
  • Anorexia nervosa related depression
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder related depression
  • Somatization disorder
  • SLE related depression
  • Obstructive sleep apnea related depression
  • Lyme disease related depression
  • Syphilis related depression
  • Borderline personality disorders

Rare Types of Depression:

Types discussion:

Two serious types of clinical depression are major depression and bipolar disorder.

Major Depression:
Major depression makes it almost impossible to carry on usual activities, sleep, eat, or enjoy life. Pleasure seems a thing of the past. This type of depression can occur once in a lifetime or, for many people, it can recur several times. People with a major depression need professional treatment.

Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Illness):
Another type of depression, bipolar disorder--or manic-depressive illness--leads to severe mood swings, from extreme "lows" to excessive "highs." These states of extreme elation and unbounded energy are called mania. This disorder usually starts when people are in their early twenties. Though unusual for this type of depression to start for the first time in later life, it requires medical treatment, whatever the person's age. (Source: excerpt from If You're Over 65 and Feeling Depressed Treatment Brings New Hope: NIMH)

Depression: Rare Types

Rare types of medical conditions and diseases in related medical categories:

Depression: Related Disease Topics

More general medical disease topics related to Depression include:

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