Depression is one of common and serious medical illness which might pose danger if an individual is too depressed; of life, career, friends, relationship or anything.

It can make you feel sad and lose interest in anything even the ones that you once enjoyed doing. It can make you feel helpless to reduce a person’s ability to function at work and at home, or even pull yourself out from socialising.

Throughout the time, you may feel saddened but then it disappears. Some people may feel generally miserable or unhappy without really knowing why. Some types of depression are mild but some are may be severe enough to be life-threatening. But worry not, it is also treatable as there are ways that you can do to get back on the ground and fight back.

There are a few types of depression out there. Therefore it is important for you to know the kinds and symptoms so the condition can be recognized and addressed sooner.

Major depressive order
Major depressive is the kind of depressing that can make an individual sad and hopeless most of the day, nearly every day. Those who experience major depressive will encounter such symptoms:

  • losing interest or pleasure in all normal activities such as hobbies, sex, or sports.
  • messed up sleep pattern including insomnia or sleeping too much.
  • feelings of tiredness and emptiness
  • often feeling guilty and hopeless
  • have a tendency to commit suicide

These symptoms may appear for weeks or months even. It can affect an individual’s life and activities severely.

Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)
This type of depression is a bit harmless than major depression but more chronic. The symptoms are more or less like other depression in general but the period is longer, might take years to overcome.

An individual will often have these discomfort feelings consistently for at least a couple of months, or it may disappear and re-disappear in two years’ time.

Persistent depression is estimated to affect 5 percent of people within a given 12-month period in the United States. Like major depression, PDD occurs twice as often in women as in men.

Bipolar disorders
Bipolar disorder is also known as bipolar disease or manic depression. It is not a rare brain disorder. At least 22.8 per cent of adults or 5 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with it.

Those who are having bipolar disorder will be disturbed by extreme shifts in mood. Sometimes, they are feeling good and full of energy but they can suddenly feel depressed and very sad.

Those who suffer this type of disorder will find it difficult to sleep or sometimes will skip their sleep, a sudden increase in appetite, and overthinking.

Psychotic disorders
It is an illness that will affect the mind. It is hard for people with this disorder to think clearly, make good judgments, respond emotionally and behave appropriately.

They will not be able to live their daily life normally, having difficulty staying in touch with reality and always hallucinating. But worry not, even severe psychotic disorders usually can be treated.

This type of depression is more common among elders. Even so, young people can experience it too. A history of severe psychological trauma in childhood is also said to increase one’s risk of developing psychotic depression.

Postpartum disorders
Women might experience this after giving birth which actually can affect their mental health. The syndrome namely baby blues syndrome which affects 80% of mothers usually appear for about two weeks after giving birth and will disappear by itself.

It may be exhausting to deal with depression as it drains your soul, energy, and mind. Taking the first step is always the most difficult part to get over depression. Here are some tips that may be used for those dealing with this right now..

You may reach out for depression support. Make sure that you are not alone whenever you feel like your depression is kicking in. Talk to someone who can make you feel secure, safe, and good. Being around people will be able to make you feel better rather than going back to your cocoon.

You should also do the things that you used to enjoy doing, your hobby or sports that you like to do. Take a walk, go out, and do anything that you make you feel enlightened. You will feel more energetic as you are releasing your mind and body.

By Nurul
29th April 2020 15:46

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