It is not uncommon for those who struggle with addiction to struggle with other mental health conditions, too—and in some cases, that might mean depression. What many people don’t realize about depression is that it can come in different forms; knowing the different types of depression can be helpful as you seek to understand your own mental health status. Consider just a few ways in which depression can be categorized: Major depression. This is the most common form, and is usually experienced through overwhelming feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and lack of energy. Dysthymia. Less severe than major depression, dysthymia is still very real, and can lead to a low mood over the span of a long period of time—often a year or more. Postpartum depression. This is a specific kind of depression that impacts new moms following the birth of their child. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Sometimes called the “winter blues,” SAD impacts people during the fall and winter, when the light of the sun isn’t as abundant. Atypical depression. The most common symptom of atypical depression is a physical one—specifically, the sensation of heaviness in the arms and legs. Psychotic depression. People with this condition may actually experience hallucinations, and begin to lose touch with reality. Bipolar disorder. Those who have bipolar disorder, meanwhile, will experience major shifts from high to low moods—that is, from periods of mania to periods of depression. Different kinds of depression come with different treatments, as well as variable symptoms—but no matter the kind of depression you are faced with, recovery is always possible. We encourage those who are struggling with any kind of depression to seek a diagnosis, and after that to invest in treatment. Don’t let depression keep you from living your best, happiest, and healthiest life! Contact us today to learn more about dual diagnosis care!
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