Is Depression A Mood Disorder?
Do you have doubts that is depression a mood disorder? A person who always or often sad, depressed and with no interest in anything they once loved is often described as being manic-depressive or suffering from depression. But there are actually many types of depression, from major depressive episode to situational depression, recurrent depressive episode, and postpartum depression. So let us take a look at what depression is and how it affects people.
In general, depression is the result of a person’s mood being in decline; for example if a person is usually happy but has a depressed mood, this is considered to be a type of depression. While the condition can last longer than six months, if there is not a clear change in the mood for at least six months, it should be looked at as a type of depression.
There are several different types of depression, which include major, acute, chronic and intermittent depression. A patient with one of these disorders will find themselves losing interest in most things they used to enjoy doing and may experience feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. The most common type of major depression is that which happens because of stress, family problems, economic problems, or even death in the family. Most times, the cause of the depression is related to the current circumstances. For example, if a person is struggling with an abusive relationship they will have a much harder time overcoming the depression after that relationship has ended.
Acute depression is a type of depression that lasts for six months or less and does not require any kind of medical treatment. A person with this type of depression can be said to have only short-term episodes of sadness related symptoms. If you are suffering from this form of depression but you do not experience symptoms, your doctor can confirm your depression with a few tests such as a battery of test that measures your brainwaves. Your doctor may decide to run a few tests, ask you to complete a questionnaire or even prescribe some drugs to help you cope with your depression.
Another type of depression that is sometimes called a long-term depression is called situational depression which occurs when a person is suffering from depression that affects their whole life. The main symptom of this type of depression is a deep sadness and a lack of interest in the past and present. People with this condition are usually depressed in one specific situation, such as their job or relationships and are usually unable to move on without feeling very empty and without a strong emotions.
Recurrent depressive episodes are ones in which a person experiences one episode of severe depression followed by another one of milder severity. These episodes are usually caused by the presence of another disorder such as bipolar disorder or drug abuse. The symptoms of recurrent depression are similar to the above types, except that the person may experience extreme sadness.
Postpartum depression is a form of depression that is long term and usually involves one woman and one man. Women are more likely to experience postpartum depression than men. Postpartum depression can affect women more often than it does men; it tends to occur after the birth of their child and is normally worse for the mother than for the father. If you suspect that you might be experiencing depression, seek help immediately.
There are many symptoms associated with postpartum depression and each patient may experience different things during the course of their treatment and each patient may be able to overcome postpartum depression differently. This form of depression is a difficult one to treat since it takes time and often a combination of treatments is required for a person to overcome this depression once and for all.