Types of Depression

Major Depressive Disorder

This type of depression involves symptoms that interfere with the ability to work, sleep, study, eat and enjoy life. An episode can occur only once in a person's lifetime, but more often, a person has several episodes. We also diagnose and treat Mild, Moderate, and Severe Depressive Order.

Triggers

Chemical imbalance, adverse childhood events, chronic medical conditions, bereavement, and other stressful events.

Postpartum Depression

Also known as Perinatal Depression, this type of depression occurs during or after pregnancy and is characterized by severe mood swings, exhaustion, insomnia, loss of appetite, hopelessness and difficulty bonding with the baby that could last longer than months.

Triggers

Hormonal fluctuations

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

PMDD is a severe form of PMS that includes extreme mood shifts, sadness, hopelessness, irritability, or anger.

Triggers

Hormonal fluctuations

Persistent Depressive Disorder

Also known as Dysthymia, this type of depression is characterized by a depressed mood that lasts for at least 2 years. A person diagnosed with persistent depressive disorder may have episodes of major depression along with periods of less severe symptoms, but symptoms must last for 2 years.

Triggers

Stressors

Seasonal Affective Disorder

SAD is a type of depression that is characterized by an onset of depression during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. The depression generally lifts during spring and summer. Risk factors include living further away from the equator; Women experience this 4x more than men.

Triggers

Lack of natural sunlight during the winter.

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