What is Atypical Depression

Atypical Depression is less severe as compared to Clinical Depression but it has fewer symptoms which makes it difficult to identify if one is diagnosed with Atypical Depression. Doctors have also stated that Atypical Depression can be quite common especially bound to happen during one’s teenage years.

Like any other forms of depression, the cause of Atypical Depression can be genetic. However, most patients suffer from Atypical Depression due to the loss of a loved one through death or separation. Major life changing events such as a change of job or a serious illness, injury, may also lead to the diagnosis of Atypical Depression. Times like these, emotions are bound to be involved. Feeling guilty or extremely blue for a long period of time will affect one’s mental health.

An early childhood trauma or physical abuse, emotional abuse and sexual abuse can also be the cause of Atypical Depression. Similarly for any form of depression, there has been the egg-or-chicken scenario whereby people turn to alcohol or drugs as a form of relief or people are diagnosed with Atypical Depression due to alcohol or drugs abuse.

The most significant symptom of Atypical Depression is the desire for more sleep. You just keep telling yourself that you are exhausted, you want to sleep and all else can wait. On top of excessive sleeping, you tend to feel ‘heavy’ and restless. It has become such a chore to have to drag yourself out of bed even on an important occasion. Lastly, a change in your diet may be a warning sign to you. An increase in appetite and weight gained can be a result of Atypical Depression.

It is best to have someone accompany the patient most of the time to prevent them from harming themselves or other people, especially if he or she has suicidal thoughts.

If you suspect that you may be suffering from Atypical Depression, you should see your doctor immediately to take the test and go for talk therapy to assure yourself of your condition. The antidepressants are supposed to help in controlling your symptoms. Thus, it is essential to take the medication regularly or as specified by your doctor. Some people may feel embarrassed to go to a psychiatrist or a psychologist as they are strangers. Hence, we highly encourage you to speak to someone you are able to trust and let them help you out. However, if the symptoms persist, it is highly advisable to visit a professional and seek proper help.


Types of Depression

Not all kinds of depression are the same. The most common type of depression is Major Depression also known as Clinical Depression, and Chronic Depression (dysthymia). However, Major Depression is more severe as compared to other forms of depression.

Chronic Depression means feeling depressed for a long period of time, up to 2years or more. Nonetheless, there is still a chance of being diagnosed with Major Depression over a lifetime of suffering from chronic depression.

Do you have symptoms such as overeating, oversleeping, severe mood swings, or feel restless for no particular reason? Chances are you might be suffering from Atypical Depression. This form of depression can easily be identified as it occurs over a series of patterns.

Seasonal Depression, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression which occurs at a certain period of every year. Most commonly found to occur during winter or fall. As it is a change in the weather, the human body may not be able to adapt to it and adjust accordingly. This eventually leads to Seasonal Depression.

When a person is extremely delusional to the extent whereby people around him or her find it irritating, we often call them ‘Psychotic’ or sick in the brain for not thinking straight. People suffering from Psychotic Depression often breakaway from the real world, only believing that certain things are meant to happen the way they want it to be. Symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions are used to identify the case of a Psychotic Depression.

Last but not least, there is a Postpartum Depression. Not anyone can be diagnosed with this form of depression as it only occurs to a mother who has just delivered her baby. A less severe version of such is known as Baby Blues, which most mothers tend to suffer from these days. It is known as Postpartum Depression when a mother falls into severe depression within a few weeks of her delivery.


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