Types of Depression: Major, Chronic, Manic, and More Types

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Even though sadness and grief are mandatory aspects of life, when sadness takes over the quality of someone’s daily life, they become depressed. Depression can be a debilitating disorder and can effect anyone at any time. Because of the broad spectrum of events that can cause depression, there are several different forms such as persistent depressive disorder, seasonal affective disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, major depressive disorder, manic depression, and bipolar disorder. With the prevalence of depression growing rapidly in today’s society, like many others, I know several people who have faced depression and even though they all have the same disorder, their experiences and outcomes …show more content…
One day she came to school and we noticed slash marks on her neck and she told us she had attempted suicide. We abruptly told her parents and they signed her up for therapy. Through the combination of antidepressants and psychotherapy, she slowly recovered and now is free of any traces of depression. She was diagnosed with major depressive disorder which according to the National Institute of Mental Health, “ . . . is characterized by a combination of symptoms that interfere with a person's ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy once-pleasurable activities” (“Types of Depression”). Looking back, even she does not know how her condition deteriorated so quickly, which shows how powerful depression is and how easily it can completely change the mind of the person experiencing it. Unfortunately, people with depression do not always have a positive outcome. For many people, depression defines their life and can lead to tragic results, which was the situation with two of my class mates. It was my freshman year in high school and about three months into the school year, a young man who was a Senior committed suicide. Then a month later, another Senior who was a young woman also committed suicide. In our small town, these events were devastating and it was

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