Types of Depression or Anxiety
There are six different types of Depression or Anxiety that can span which range from mild to moderate all the way to extreme to severe. It’s thought that 6% of the population suffers from depression of some kind therefore much more is being said and written about this condition than ever before. The good news being that the average person is now aware of this potentially crippling condition and no longer chalks it up to laziness or dysfunction. Depression is quite real. Dr. Ann J. Peters specializes in female hormonal imbalances and believes that there can be a connection between hormonal imbalances and feelings of sadness and hopelessness usually categorized as depression. She and other physicians like her believe that depression can be treated regardless of the reasons for the depression and/or anxiety. And remember, depression is simply anxiety turned inward. The following is a description of the various types of depression as they are categorized by the world’s medical community.
Major Depression and Chronic Depression
Also known as Clinical Depression or Anxiety, this is the kind of depression that most people are familiar with whether it be through personal experience or from reading or perhaps even television. Doctors explain this kind of depression as being major or clinical because the individual dwells on the worst possible outcome in almost every situation. It is because the individual always dwells on the worst that this kind of depression is often called unipolar depression, focusing on only one kind of ending, the worst possible. It is easy to see why with this particular kind of depression there would be a great deal of self-loathing. Generally the individual blames himself or herself for everything that is wrong in their lives, and perhaps even in their world. According to Dr. Peters who specializes in female hormonal imbalance, this imbalance can in itself lead to depression. The second type of depression is Chronic Depression or Dysthymia as its known to clinicians is usually categorized that way because the individual experiences depressive symptom but they are generally far milder than the symptoms of that the individual with a major depression diagnosis experiences. While all the same feelings of sadness, lack of appetite, insomnia, restlessness accompany Chronic Depression they are way less pronounced than the symptoms that the individual suffering from major depression experiences.
Bipolar Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SADS)
Where there is unipolar Depression or Anxiety there is also bipolar depression. Bipolar depression, which we are counting as the third kind of depression, has gotten a lot of publicity lately as many people have been recently diagnosed with this form of depression. The term bipolar relates to two sides: one side being just as extreme as the other but both sides differing tremendously. Someone with bipolar depression will be manic and upbeat for hours and possibly days and then come crashing down and be depressed and hopeless for days. Two extreme ends of the spectrum are what categorize the average bipolar patient. Fourth, which doctors including Dr. Peters refers to as SADS, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Many of patients of growth hormone therapy experience these kinds of depression prior to undergoing treatment with Dr. Peters. These people often become depressed during the fall of winter due to the change of seasons, thus the name. Individuals affected by SADS fall into a deep depression when the weather changes to fall or winter but it’s not the weather that’s changing, it’s the individuals hormones in reaction to the weather. What is perhaps most interesting about SADS is that as soon as the season changes and with it the weather, those afflicted with this condition perk up like a plant that’s just been given water. Please keep in mind that many sufferers of SADS also experience depression around major holidays and events. Birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are all considered stressors.
A-typical Depression and Psychotic Depression
A-typical Depression or Anxiety might be the worst depression for those who live with the individual afflicted with this condition. The individual may have panic attacks, overeat, oversleep, etc. Lots of very extreme behavior categorizes the symptoms of the fifth type of depression. This type of depression makes someone tough to be around regardless of how much you love or care about them. This roller coaster of emotions may make it difficult for the individual afflicted to form a lasting romantic relationship because the symptoms may drive the other person “nuts”. This type of depression is mild and can easily be cured compared to other types. According to Dr. Ann J. Peters, this kind of depression like all others can be treated with success. Psychotic Depression as the 6th type of Depression or Anxiety is known is the most severe type there exists. Any individual with this diagnosis may experience hallucinations, hear voices and/or become delusional. When you hear the term “psychotic breakdown” this is to what they refer; a very difficult to live with yet still treatable form of depression. Again, Dr. Ann Peters believes that her growth hormone therapy may help many individuals whom this condition afflicts.