Understanding the Spectrum of Anxiety Disorders

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Have you experienced watching a popular TV sitcom and becoming unable to laugh or to even just react to it? How about refusing to get out of your bedroom to soak in Vitamin D and celebrate your 18th birthday – which you should have been doing today? If yes is your answer to both questions, then you are definitely depressed.

The most common psychological disorder in the world, depression makes a person pessimistic and makes him lose interest in the things he previously liked. Individuals suffering from it usually show symptoms like loss of appetite, insomnia, and fatigue.

Indeed, it is not a very common knowledge that most people have already experienced depression. What’s surprising is that many do not know its several types that eventually, they end-up being used to suffering from being moody and feeling blue.
In order to overcome this disorder, one should keep in mind that he should know what types of depression he is suffering from…

1.    Dysthymic Disorder – also known as ‘chronic depression’, this type shows less serious symptoms than major depression. The distinguishing symptoms of an individual experiencing it are low energy, loneliness, and pessimism.
2.    Bipolar Depression – previously-known as manic depression, this attacks with bipolar disorder, eventually shifting to psychotic depression symptoms that causes suicidal tendencies.
3.    Catatonic Depression – a type of major depression in which the person suffering from it doesn’t speak or move voluntarily.
4.    Cyclothymic Disorder – with mood swings involving feelings of happiness, a person suffering from it rarely seek medical help, thus, developing bipolar disorder if not treated.
5.    Postpartum Depression – also known as the ‘baby blues’, this is a type of depression that occurs in mothers one week up to six months after giving birth
6.    Atypical Depression – a difficult type of depression to deal with, its symptoms are excessive sleeping, unease, and weight gain. It is also known to be the chemical imbalance of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in one’s brain
7.    Major Depression – also known as ‘clinical depression’, individuals suffering from it experience sleeping, working, and eating disorders.