January 22, 2009
I will explain what a depressive disorder is, the different types of depression, some of the symptoms of depression and mania and the last part will be about some of the medication that physicians used to combat this psychology problems.
A depressive disorder is a illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way a person eats and sleeps the way one thinks about things. A depressive disorder is not the same as a passing blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. People with a depressive illness cannot merely “pull themselves together” and get better. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people who suffer from depression.
Depressive disorders come in different forms, just as is the case with other illnesses such a s heart disease. This Three are the most common types of depressive disorders. However, within these types there are the variations in the number of symptoms, their severity, and perseverance.
Major depression is manifested by a combination of symptoms that interfere with the ability to work, study, sleep, eat, and enjoy once pleasurable activities. Such a disabling episode of depression may occur only once but more commonly occurs several times in a lifetime. A less severe types of depression, dysthymia, involves long-term, chronic symptoms that do not disable, but keep one from functioning well or from feeling good. Many people with dysthimia also experience major depressive episodes at some time in their lives. Another type of depression is bipolar disorder, also called maniac-depressive illness. Not nearly as prevalent as other forms of depressive disorders, bipolar disorder is characterized by cycling mood changes: severe highs (mania) and lows (depression).