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.