Depression is a mental health disorder that is denoted by constantly low moods or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life. It affects the brain adversely and the changes within brain chemistry account for mood shifts. Worldwide, it’s believed that 20% of women and 10% of men will suffer from major depression at some point in their lifetime. In this post, we will be taking you through some causes and also some of the most common types of depression, and their symptoms.
There is no one cause for depression, nor have the causes of depression been narrowed down by science. Some things that may trigger depression include:
Also referred to as major depression, unipolar depression, or clinical depression. Symptoms of major depression include but are not limited to:
It’s also called dysthymia or chronic depression. This type of depression persists for at least two years. The symptoms are not as intense as those of MDD, but it still can still have an adverse effect on your life, relationships, and tasks. Symptoms of persistent depression include but are not limited to:
This type of depression consists of periods of mania or hypomania, where you feel very happy, alternating with episodes of depression. Symptoms of the main and depression that make up bipolar disorder include but are not limited to:
This is clinically known as major depressive disorder with peripartum onset, occurs during pregnancy or within four weeks of childbirth. Postpartum depression falls under this umbrella. Symptoms of perinatal depression include but are not limited to:
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). While the symptoms of PMS can be both physical and psychological, PMDD symptoms tend to be mostly psychological. Symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder include but are not limited to:
Dealing with one or more symptoms of these types of depression? You should take a depression test, one of the latest features of the DRO Health App. After getting your results, you can speak with a psychologist on the DRO Health App, available on the Google Play Store (Android) or App Store (iOS).
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