Symptoms And Symptoms Of A Depressive Disorder

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What is a depressive disorder? “ A depressive disorder is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It interferes with daily life, normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him or her.” (Psychology Today) The term depression in psychology is more than just sadness. “People with depression may experience a lack of interest and pleasure in daily activities, significant weight loss or gain, insomnia or excessive sleeping, lack of energy, inability to concentrate, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.” (American Psychological Association) Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year. (CDC) Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. (WHO)
There are different types of Depressive disorders. Many of the different types of depressive disorders are Major Depression, Unipolar Depression, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Psychotic Depression, Postpartum Depression, and Atypical Depression. But, the two main categories of depression are Major Depressive Disorder and Dysthymia, which group together the less common types of disorders. Major depressive disorder is when you feel depressed for most days of the week. Dysthymic disorder, must have less severe symptoms lasting longer than two years that do not disable, but he/she may still function in daily life. Many people with dysthymia also experience major…
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