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Depression, Not Just a Bad Mood Depression

Depression is a psychiatric disorder that is characterized by extreme feelings of sadness, anehedonia (or loss of pleasure), guilt, helplessness or hopelessness, an inability to concentrate, an increase or decrease of appetite, and thoughts of death. Depressive illness often interferes with an individual's normal functioning and often goes without being diagnosed for long periods of time causing a lot of problems for the both the individual with the illness and those around them.
Depression involves the body, mood and thoughts. It affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one feels about themselves and the way one approaches life in general.

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Types of Depression
Major depression
Major depression is a combination of the symptoms listed above and the interference of these symptoms with the individual's ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and generally, just live an enjoyable and fully functioning life. A disabling episode of depression may occur only once but usually occurs several times in a lifetime.
Dysthymia involves long-term, chronic symptoms that don't disappear and keep one from functioning well or feeling good. Many people with dysthymia also experience major depressive episodes at some time in their lives.
Bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder is also called manic-depressive illness. It is not nearly as prevalent as other forms of depressive disorders. Bipolar disorder is characterized by swift mood changes which range from mania or severe highs and depression or lows. Most of the time the mood changes are gradual, but sometimes they are dramatic and rapid. When in the depressive phase, the individual can have all of the symptoms of depression. The manic cycle, usually means the individual is overactive, talks a great deal, and has a lot of energy. Mania often affects thinking, judgment, and social behavior in ways that cause serious problems and embarrassment. While in a manic phase the individual may feel elated, full of grand schemes that might range from unwise business decisions to romantic sprees. If mania is left untreated it may worsen to a psychotic state.
Seasonal Depression
It is a little known fact that what time of the year it is can affect whether or not an individual falls into a depressive state or not. Seasonal depression usually hits in the fall/winter time and is diagnosed if the individual has recurrent episodes, at least two times where they fall into depression and come out of it at the same time.
Bipolar Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Panic Disorders
Obsessive Disorder
Social Phobia
Specific Phobias

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