This week’s post outlined a typical path for learning about what happens when you have a diagnosis of depression. As way of subsidy, here is a menu of TYPES of depression diagnoses; ranging from sneakily disruptive to life-threatening, diagnosing and dealing is your quickest and best route to living your best life.
Following is an edited snippet that proved to be quite thorough and user-friendly (based on the DSM IV, the “bible” of mental health diagnostics) from one of the hundreds of good sites available to explore this issue.
This post and links are for general information only; your mental health practitioner has the latest “official” diagnostic info relative to your interests.
3 Common Types of Depression
and 3 Less Common
Here is a quick list of the 6 different types of depression:
- Major depressive disorder
- Manic depression (bipolar disorder)
- Dysthymic depression
- Endogenous depression
- Situational depression
- Psychotic depression
The three less common different types of depression (4-6) only differ slightly from the general category of major depressive disorder:
Endogenous depression is referred to on many sites, thus it’s inclusion here, but has actually become a defunct category, formerly interpreted as stemming from purely inherent biological causes (in DNA). Current research in neuropsychology can now link biochemistry with the influence of “thought”, connecting it more closely with situational depression. Biochemical changes are inherent in all depression diagnoses: some need management long-term including drug therapy; some short-term where talk therapy may suffice and perhaps adding limited drug therapy.
Situational depression, often called adjustment disorder, is a short-term condition that occurs when a person is unable to cope with, or adjust to, a particular source of stress, such as a major life change, loss, or event.
Psychotic depression is an extreme form of depression in which the low mood states are often accompanied by delusions or even complete hallucinations. Delusions can include the sufferer feeling guilty for something which they are not really responsible for.
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