Depressive disorder impacts not only the mind but also the body. Depressive disorders occur in multiple varieties, including major depressive disorder, dysthymia, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, bipolar disorder, and many others.
Dysthymia is a chronic form of depression during which people may become completely disinterested in their life. It is also called persistent depressive disorder. Dysthymia lasts for a very long time, typically for years. People who suffer from dysthymia often lose all interest in their usual activities, have a persistent feeling of hopelessness, feel completely unproductive, have poor self-esteem, and may be very unhappy with themselves in general. Dysthymia tends to impact a person's social life, their job, their family life, and virtually every aspect of their life.
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder causes serious depression just prior to menstruation in women. The depression symptoms in premenstrual dysphoric disorder may commonly include increased irritability, increased tension, feelings of hopelessness, and loss of interest in usual activities. Sometimes premenstrual dysphoric disorder may be confused with premenstrual syndrome, but the symptoms in premenstrual dysphoric disorder are more pronounced than those of PMS.
Because there are multiple types of depression, it can be difficult to determine exactly which is causing the symptoms. It is extremely important that patients see a board-certified psychiatrist for an accurate diagnosis. Until the proper diagnosis is made, the right treatment plan cannot be formulated.
Treatment for depression needs to be properly customized for each person, so it may be different for everyone. In many cases, psychotherapy is an excellent way to address depression. There are also other non-medication options, as well as medication options like antidepressants. It is important to find a Psychiatrist and/or Therapist you feel comfortable with and who will work with you to formulate an individualized treatment plan that meets your goals.
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