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Types of Depression
Depression is diagnosed by studying a
person's behavior and by evaluating his/her state of mind. Many people
are not aware that there are several kinds of depression. Medically,
several different types of depression have been diagnosed and identified
based on the symptoms of depression displayed by people.
Based on their symptoms the following paragraphs contain a list of the

Different Types of Depression
Agitated Depression

Symptoms are an agitated state, both mentally and physically,
irritability, restlessness and sleeplessness. These symptoms are the
opposite of most other kinds of depression.
Anxiety Depression

Being panicky is a common symptom of this type of depression. The
person will also suffer from social phobia and will have panic attacks.
Some types of stress disorders are also considered as symptoms of this
type of depression.
Atypical Depression

Symptoms like unusual weight gain with an increased appetite along
with mood swings are common in people affected by this type of
depression. Other symptoms include sleepiness, heavy feeling in the
limbs and a fear of rejection.
Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression

This can be identified by extreme variations in a person's mood.
Happy moments will include a feeling of ecstasy, sleeplessness, an urge
to talk and an increased activity along with overconfidence. This can
last a few hours or for days together. However, the person may change
suddenly and inexplicably.
Catatonic Depression

The person is insensitive to his/her environment and may desist from
doing necessary chores, or will look aimless. Symptoms similar to
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), which include repetitive actions,
are part of symptoms of this type of depression.
Chronic Depression or Dysthymia or Dysthymic Depression

Affected person remains depressed for nearly two years. Disturbed
eating and sleeping patterns are easily noticeable in the affected
person. The person also suffers from a feeling of hopelessness, fatigue
and low self-esteem besides displaying an inability to concentrate.
Clinical Depression or Major Depression or Major Disruptive Disorder

A lack of interest along with fatigue, disturbed sleep, a feeling of
worthlessness, confusion are the symptoms that indicate clinical
depression. In some cases, the person suffering from such kinds of
depression may also harbor suicidal tendencies.
Cyclothymia

The symptoms are a milder version of manic depression. Irritability
and an unpredictable mood, lessen their chance of succeeding with work
or social relationships.
Double Depression

The symptoms are similar to Dysthymia. However, these symptoms can occur for a period of about two weeks.
Dysthymic Disorder

Symptoms like an irregular eating pattern, fatigue, irregular
sleeping pattern, a feeling of low self-esteem along with hopelessness
and an inability to concentrate are common in people suffering from this
type of depression.
Endogenous Depression

A person suffering from this type of depression will seem depressed
and confused. There will be no apparent reason for the depression. Since
there are no external stimuli involved in this type of depression, the
person's body chemistry or a change in the level of hormones is
considered a cause.
Existential Depression

The person suffers from chronic fatigue, which can be a result of
domestic or social disturbance. The person also displays a general lack
of interest and does not have a passion to do anything.
Melancholic Depression

The person loses interest in pleasure of any kind and does not show
delight even when good things happen. There will be a marked variation
in the person's appetite and weight. A strong feeling of guilt overcomes
the person accompanied by excessive movement. All these symptoms will
be stronger in the early morning hours as the affected person will wake
up early.
Medication Induced Depression

Prescription drugs like analgesics, antibiotics, stimulants,
steroids and sedatives, antifungal medicines as well as drugs to control
the heart, all induce some degree of depression. The depression
persists for the duration of the medication.
Neurotic Depression

A feeling of self-pity, embarrassment, guilt or shame overcomes the
person. Some types of phobia and the symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder are also common. Such symptoms are common during a particular
time of the day like evening for example.
Post Partum Depression

Women experience post partum depression after pregnancy. Symptoms
like irritability, grief, crying and a feeling of fragileness in women
are common after delivery due to this type of depression.

Psychotic Depression
Hallucinations, a state of delusion and hearing voices in the head are common with people affected with this type of depression.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

A feeling of sadness and fatigue sets in as soon as the season
changes. This kind of behavior may occur only at a certain time of the
year and for the rest of the time the person stays normal. Sensitivity
and emotional reactions to the amount of daylight at a particular time
of year can be easily noticed in the sufferer.
Situational Depression or Reactive Depression or Adjustment Disorder

This is something different from mood disorder. Symptoms like
insomnia, varying levels of appetite, worrying continuously, withdrawal
from social and family activities, strong feeling of sorrow and a lack
of enthusiasm in response to relocation to a new place, natural
disasters, bereavement, etc. identify a person suffering from this type
of depression.
Substance Induced Depression

An emotional disturbance and irritating behavior brought about by
overuse of medication or self-medication identify a person suffering
from this type of depression. Overuse of alcohol also causes a similar
effect.
Unipolar Disorder

The affected person suffers from a feeling of sadness and a lack of
interest in almost all activities. These symptoms can last for months.
Depression
though common, should not be considered lightly. The above list of
different kinds of depression indicates that depression occurs in more
than one form and affects in different ways. Hence, a correct diagnosis
followed by correct type of therapy becomes important.

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Stephen S. Ilardi, PhD, is associate professor of clinical
psychology at the University of Kansas and the author of more than
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