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Common Types of Depression

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Depression affects people across the United States every day. From teens to seniors, depression is an increasingly common part of daily life. Unfortunately, many people dealing with depression don’t have the capacity to seek treatment and ask others for help. A lack of mental health education and awareness also causes many people to suffer without depression treatment. A depression treatment program can provide comprehensive treatment, education, and support.

If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, call Clear Recovery Virtual Program now. Our telehealth programs provide convenient, evidence-based treatment for mood disorders and overall mental wellness. Call our staff now at 866.680.0969 to learn more about our depression treatment program and begin therapy today.

What Is a Depressive Disorder?

Depression is a mood disorder characterized by a depressed mood. Like other mood disorders, depression is an individualized experience involving sadness, lack of motivation, and a range of other symptoms. While we may often consider depression just to be an intensified period of sadness, it is a complex mood disorder. There are also different types of depression that result in various symptoms. While almost everyone experiences occasional depression, a depressive disorder persists and intrudes upon daily duties and functions, making it difficult to meet work, school, or home responsibilities.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Depression can come and go, as can symptoms of depressive disorders. Some common depression symptoms can include:

  • General malaise
  • Self-isolation
  • Fatigue
  • Sadness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Confusion
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Increased sleeping
  • Losing track of time
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Trouble leaving the house
  • Self-harm
  • Hopelessness
  • Lack of motivation
  • Unexplained crying
  • Trouble communicating with others
  • Trouble completing tasks

Understanding the symptoms of depression can be the first approach to helping loved ones who are struggling. It can also help you know when a sad mood becomes more.

Understanding Common Types of Depressive Disorders

Depression is complex. No single thing in a person’s life causes depressive disorders. Genetics, chemical imbalances, unresolved trauma, prolonged stress, and significant life changes can all lead to the development of depressive disorders. There are several types of depression that can affect a person’s life and the lives of those around them.

  • Clinical depression: The most common, clinical depression is often called high-functioning depression for those who hide, manage, and self-soothe symptoms around others. This classic type of depression is characterized by prolonged depressed moods that affect daily life.
  • Seasonal depression: A very common depressive disorder, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), happens in the winter months when there is less sunlight. Even people who don’t suffer from depression other times of year are likely to struggle with seasonal affective disorder.
  • Bipolar disorder: There are several types of bipolar disorder. A manic period of high energy classifies each type of bipolar disorder, followed by a depressive episode.

Each type of depression can vary in severity. Like other mood disorders, depression changes throughout a person’s life. Events, stress, and seasons can trigger depressive episodes. Unhealthy coping mechanisms can make depression worse.

Start a Depression Treatment Program Online Today

Asking for help is difficult, no matter the type of depression. It’s important to remember that depression is treatable. Luckily, depression treatments are increasingly accessible. At Clear Recovery Virtual Program, we provide evidence-based, holistic treatment for depressive disorders online. Our comprehensive therapy programs help people from all walks of life connect with therapists without leaving home. With same-day appointments, our team is ready to help you diagnose, treat, and manage common types of depression.

While sadness and occasional depressed moods are a part of daily life, prolonged depression is not. Don’t let depression hold you back. Get the support you need without leaving the house. Call us now at 866.680.0969 to enroll in the Clear Recovery Virtual Program and get started today.