What Is Depression?
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
Different Types of Depression
According to the Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5) and the American Psychiatric Association (AMA), there are several types of depression, as well as conditions that often co-occur with depression including anxiety disorders, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, and other medical conditions. When someone begins to show signs of depression, they may think that they are ‘depressed.’ However, many people do not realize that there are several types of depression, and being able to identify which depression type your symptoms most closely identify with can make all the difference when it comes to identifying the best treatment. The common feature between all types of depressive disorders is a sad, empty, or irritable mood and clinically significant associated symptoms. What tends to differ are the durations, timing, and cause. Types of depression include:
- Major depressive disorder or clinical depression
- Seasonal affective disorder
- Peripartum depression or postpartum depression
- Persistent depressive disorder (chronic depression & dysthymia)
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
- Substance/medication-induced depressive disorder
- Psychotic depression
- Situational depression
- Teen depression
- Childhood depression
Depression vs. Sadness
Feeling sad is an integral part of depression, but they are not the same. Knowing and understanding the differences between sadness and depression can help you recognize when to seek treatment.
Every person will experience feelings of sadness throughout their life. However, sadness usually passes with time. If feelings of sadness do not pass for two weeks or more, or if feelings of sadness affect your day to day function, this could be a sign of depression.
Depression is a chronic condition that is typically characterized by a daily depressed mood that lasts for most of the day, nearly every day, with noticeable signs of hopelessness and sadness.
When considering whether to meet with a psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner or mental health care provider to discuss treatments for depression, it can be helpful to treat yourself like your own best friend. If someone you care about asked you what they should do about your symptoms, how would you guide them?
How Do I Know if I Have Depression?
It’s probably time to schedule a mental health check up if you’re having thoughts, emotions or behaviors that are affecting your relationships, your work or your sense of well-being. Especially if you are experiencing symptoms of depression that persist for two weeks or more, it’s important to speak with your healthcare provider. Like many mental disorders, clinical depression doesn’t just affect your mood—it can also cause physical symptoms. In fact, clinical depression, also called major depressive disorder, is often accompanied by physical symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, and body aches.
Getting timely and appropriate help for a mental health issue like depression can make a big difference. Psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners (NPs) can help you understand your symptoms and choose the best treatment option for your health goals. If you are diagnosed with depression, they will discuss treatment options with you. These options may include therapy, lifestyle changes, antidepressants, TMS, IV ketamine, Spravato and more.
Depression Statistics in Los Angeles and the United States
People living in Los Angeles County are deeply affected by depression. From environmental influences to social factors, mental illness is very common in this area. In fact, a 2015 Los Angeles County Department of Public Health survey, reported that 9% of Los Angeles County residents have been diagnosed with some form of depression.
In 2017, there were 891 suicides reported in Los Angeles county. Feelings of hopelessness or suicidal thoughts can co-occur with depression and they are more common than most people think. One in 10 adults will experience suicidal thoughts at some point in their lifetime. It is crucial to seek help. If you’re not sure where to start, ask for help from friends, family members, loved ones, adults you trust and mental health professionals like therapists, psychiatrists or school counselors. If you don’t know where to begin, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline by dialing 988. Be direct. Say things like, “I am having suicidal thoughts. I want to talk about it but I’m not sure how.”
Research shows 1 in 10 Americans utilize some form of antidepressant medication. However, antidepressant medications are not effective and tolerable for everyone. Side effects of antidepressants may include:
- Weight gain
- Sexual dysfunction
How Is Depression Treated with TMS Therapy?
How Is Depression Treated With Ketamine Therapy?
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