Understanding the various types of depression

If you or someone you know is dealing with depression, then you should be aware of the various types of depression. Finding out how to fight depression can be easier if you understand which type you’re actually dealing with.

The main categories of depression are: bipolar disorder (also called manic-depressive disorder), dysthmyia, and major depression.

Bipolar depression: Sufferers of manic-depressive or bipolar disorders experience sudden extreme shifts in moods in a cyclic pattern. They switch from feeling mania to depressed to “normal”, then back to mania or depressed. Some individuals do not even undergo the period of “normal” mood in their manic-depressive episodes. These sudden episodic swings, if left untreated, can make it difficult to maintain relationships or even a stable job. Fortunately, there is treatment available for this disorder. Continue reading