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Types of Depression

There is a lot of similarity in the symptoms for various types of depression, and the most frequently seen characteristic of depressive episodes is a feeling of listlessness and lethargy. 

Even though symptoms might be shared across various types of depression, their cause, intensity, and treatment options can vary significantly. The correct diagnosis for what type of depression you have is, therefore, vital in deciding the right treatment for you.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder and mental health condition resulting in intense changes in mood, energy levels, thinking patterns, and behavior. 

Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million adult Americans, or about 2.8% of the U.S. population, annually. The condition was previously known as manic depression.

Although bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition, you can manage your mood swings and other symptoms by following a treatment plan. In most cases, bipolar disorder is treated with medications and psychological counseling (psychotherapy).

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Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression (PPD) is brought on by a complex mix of physical, emotional, and behavioral changes that occur after pregnancy. It is a form of major depression that may be seen in pregnant women within four weeks of giving birth.

PPD is usually treated using medication and talk therapy. If you have postpartum depression, timely treatment is essential to help you manage your symptoms and help you bond with your baby.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression triggered by seasonal change, typically starting in the fall and stretching through the winter months. The American Psychiatric Association has officially classified SAD as a major depressive disorder with seasonal patterns. 

SAD may also be referred to as seasonal depression. About 5% of adults in the US experience seasonal depression, and it tends to affect women four times more than men. At Axis Integrated Mental Health, we approach depressive disorders with a holistic approach to help you feel like yourself again.

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Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD)

Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD) is mild or moderate depression that is chronic in nature and lasts for years. If you have PDD, you may suffer from low self-esteem and feelings of hopelessness. 

With PDD, these feelings last for years and may interfere with your relationships, school, work, and daily activities. It is long-term depression in which a person's moods remain continuously low without any breaks.

Persistent depressive disorder has also been called dysthymia and chronic major depression.

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Do you have questions?

Our team at Axis Integrated Mental Health can answer all your questions and allay any fears. You might have about managing your depression symptoms.

Axis Integrated Mental Health in Aurora provides a full suite of integrated mental health treatments under one roof. For appointments, call us at (720) 400-7025 or fill out our contact us form today. 

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