Types of Depression: Dysthymia, Atypical Depression, and Catatonic Depression

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The age we live in is a depressed one. The global rise of the internet leaves kids not needing much more of the outside world since the internet has "got it all." Wikipedia defines depression as "a state of low mood and avasion to activity that can have a negative effect on a person's thoughts, behavior, feelings, world view and physical well-being." Depression is caused by many varying factors, and has many different diagnoses as well.

My report will revolve around 3 types of of depression. Dysthymia, which is a chronic different mood disturbance where a person reports a low mood almost daily over a span of at least 2 years. Atypical depression, which is characterized by mood reactivity and positivity, significant weight gain and or increased appetite. And lastly, catatonic depression, which is a rare and severe form of major depression involving disturbances of motor behavior and other symptoms.

Each of these types of depressions are also treated differently, with medications and with therapy. I will closely examine each treatment used for the types of depressions later on.

Interestingly enough, a widely known amount of diseases are often syptoms or causes of depression. Diseases along the lines of celiac disease, lupus, lyme disease, syphilis, neurocysticerosis, toxoplasmosis, west nile virus, anemia and Addison's disease.

There are lots of people that continue to struggle with depression every day of their lives', and there are the lucky people that either simply develop out of it, or continue on medication management to make sure it doesn't return. The rates of returning depression are very, very high, which is why most people have to be careful and make sure they follow every direction they are given, in hopes of the depression not coming back.
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