There are three main types of depressive disorders: Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Dysthymia and Bipolar Disorder.
Major Depressive Disorder can interfere with the ability to work, eat and sleep. MDD has a genetic component but can arise after a life-changing event such as a death, ending of a relationship, medical illness or the like.
Dysthymia is less severe than MDD, but still effects cycles such as sleeping & eating. Feeling less pleasure in activities normally enjoyed may be a sign of Dysthymia.
Bipolar Disorder, also known as Manic Depression, is when one’s mood cycle swings from acute highs to lows. A person may experience increased energy one moment, yet have intense mood swings and abrupt depressive symptoms as well.
Anxiety disorders are typically characterized by persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry about everyday things. Sometimes the thought of simply getting through the day can produce anxiety in some people.
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