Depression’s Associated Disorders
Depression can coexist with virtually every other mental health illness, including:
Related Mood Disorders:
Major depression is a change in mood that usually lasts for several weeks or months. Sometimes a person has one episode of major depression and sometimes these episodes can recur throughout the course of someone’s life. Major depression often includes the following symptoms: depressed mood, feelings of hopelessness, a loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, disturbances in sleep and appetite, difficulty concentrating and making decisions, physical symptoms (such as fatigue) and sometimes thoughts of suicide. These symptoms often interfere with one’s ability to carry on with their daily responsibilities.
Dysthymia is experienced as a less intense feeling of depression but often lasts for a much longer period of time, sometimes for years. People with dysthymia often do not experience significant disruptions in their daily functioning but struggle with ongoing periods of depression.
People with Bipolar Disorder often struggle with episodes of significant depression and one or more episodes of mania or hypomania. These fluctuations can be devastating and can significantly impact one’s daily personal and social functioning.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
SAD is a type of depression that occurs during certain times of the year, often during the winter months. Although SAD is predictable, the feelings of depression can be quite severe.
Adjustment Disorder with Depression
Depression is often a response to life events such as loss, job change, relationship changes, etc. This type of depression usually remits over the course of several months, however it is often disruptive enough that talking with a professional can help with the symptoms.
Childbirth is an emotionally exhilarating experience that brings with it fear, excitement, pure joy and sometimes depression. It is estimated that up to 10% of new mothers experience emotional distress following childbirth in the form of postpartum depression.
It can be confusing that such intense sad feelings can follow such a joyful time, however it does occur and treatment can be invaluable to help you cope with the changes in your life and the feelings you are experiencing so that you can enjoy the experience of being a new mother.