Types of Depression
- This is the most serious type of depression, in terms of number of symptoms and severity of symptoms, but there are significant individualdifferences in the symptoms and severity. You do not need to feel suicidal to havea major depression, and you do not need to have a history of hospitalizationseither, although both of these factors are present in some people with major depression. There is no official diagnosis of "moderate depression."
- This refers to a low to moderate level of depression that persists for at least two years, and often longer. While the symptoms are not assevere as a major depression, they are more enduring and resistant to treatment.Some people with Dysthymia develop a major depression at some time during thecourse of their depression.
- This category is used to help researchers who arestudying other specific types of depression, and do not want their data confoundedwith marginal diagnoses. It includes people with a serious depression, but not quitesevere enough to have a diagnosis of a major depression. It also includes peoplewith chronic, moderate depression, which has not been presented long enough for adiagnosis of a Dysthymic disorder.
with Depression - This category describes depression thatoccurs in response to a major life stressor or crisis.
- This type includes both high and low mood swings, as wellas a variety of other significant symptoms not present in other depressions.
The Social Stigma
One of the things that people with depression have to deal with is the perception of others around them. Depression, in the many forms that it may come through as, isconsidered by many to be a mental illness.Trying to live a normal life while living with these circumstances can be verydifficult because of how others see the person who suffers from depression. There isdefinitely a social stigma attached to being a depressive.Employers, co-workers, teachers and even friends who you have known for years