Types of depression
Clinical depression / postnatal depression / teen depression / depression in men / bipolar depression / depression in women
There are different types of clinical depression and each type has different symptoms and causes. It can be helpful to understand more about the type of depression you have in order to get the right treatment.
Major depression. If you have major depression you might not be able to enjoy life and the things you normally like doing. Major depression normally lasts up to six months without treatment and the symptoms are constant and can range from mild to severe. Some people have just one major depressive episode in their life but more often the episodes are recurring. There is help at hand however if you feel like this, Select Counsellors can help you find a counsellor who is the best fit for you
Atypical depression is a subtype of major depression but the symptoms are less constant and you might feel temporarily better after a positive event or when something good happens. However, this lift in mood doesn’t normally last long and you find yourself feeling low again. Other symptoms include feeling overly sensitive when someone criticizes you, weight gain, excessive eating and sleeping.
Dysthymia (recurrent, mild depression) is like a low grade depression that goes on for some time (2 years or more). The symptoms are not as severe as a major depressive episode but you can feel most days that you are mildly or moderately depressed. These feelings can impact on your day to day and make it difficult to enjoy your life to the full. You may feel like you have been depressed for a long time and that this is “just the way you are”. However, treatment can help you feel better and you don’t need to continue feeling like this every day.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is depression that is caused by the change of season and is more common in northern climates. People in these climates might experience depression at the onset of autumn or winter when cold, overcast days are common and sunlight is limited. As with the other types of depression, SAD is treatable and responds well to treatments such as light therapy.
Bipolar Disorder also known as manic depression is when periods of depression alternate with periods of mania. Manic behaviour includes hyperactivity, limited sleep, impulsive behaviour and rapid speech. A period of depression usually lasts for at least several weeks before gradually switching to a period of mania. Bipolar requires different treatment methods to depression. Click here to find out more info on Bipolar Disorder.
The good news is help is readily available for the treatment of depression. Select Counsellors can help you find a counsellor who is the best fit for you
People experience depression at different times in their lives and men and women can experience depression for different reasons.
Depression in teens. A teenager with depression is more often irritable rather than sad and can be angry, short tempered and hostile. They may also complain about physical symptoms like aches and pains. The teenage years are a time of change and uncertainty for many teens, however depression left untreated can lead to problems at home, at school and with self esteem and substance abuse issues. Teenage depression is very treatable, click here to read more information on getting help with depression.
Depression in older adults is often triggered by major life changes like retiring from work, the death of a partner, loss in mobility or a decline in health. If you have experienced one of these issues and your support network isn’t strong then you may be at a higher risk of depression. It’s important to know depression is not a normal part of ageing and help is readily available. Select Counsellors can help you find a counsellor who is the best fit for you
Depression in men is a difficult thing for many men to talk about. For some men it feels like a sign of weakness to admit they feel low or that they feel hopeless. It is often easier to talk about feeling tired, angry, irritable and unmotivated. Some men try to numb the sad feelings with alcohol or drugs or they express their feelings through aggressive or reckless behaviour. There are options if you feel this way, treatment can help you deal with your feelings in a constructive way and help you get better. Select Counsellors can help you find a counsellor who is the best fit for you
Depression in women is more common than in men and this is in part due to hormonal factors associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or postnatal depression and antenatal depression. When women experience depression they are more likely than men to overeat, sleep excessively and have strong feelings of guilt. Postnatal depression effects 16% of women after the birth of a baby and is much more common than people think. Treatment is readily available however, click here to find out more information on postnatal depression.
Recovery from depression
It’s good to know that recovery from depression is possible with the right treatment. Counselling alone, or a combination of antidepressants and Counselling are widely considered the most effective treatment for depression.
Did you realise research has shown that the relationship between you and your counsellor is one of the most important elements for a successful outcome? How do you know if the counsellor you find will be the best fit for you?
Select Counsellors provides a unique client counsellor matching service to ensure you see the right counsellor for you, first time. We have a pool of highly trained Sydney based counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatrists and will match you with the right therapist based on important information collected in a personalised assessment about you and your needs. At Select Counsellors our key priority is Finding you the One. To book an assessment click here or call on 1300 123 680 to speak in person with a Select Counsellor.
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The Helpful Guide