Types of Depression

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are three main types of depression: Major depression, Dysthymia, and Bipolar Disorder.

  • Major Depression

This form of depression is disabling and directly interferes with a person’s ability to work, perform daily activities, and enjoy life. People who experience major depression often have emotional and behavioral symptoms, and may avoid going to work or being in public.

  • Dysthymia

This form of depression does not disable someone entirely, but generally impacts someone’s ability to feel good, engage in social activities, and perform daily activities. A person with this form of depression may still be able to function at work and in their home life without others being aware of a problem.

  • Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder causes severe mood swings, a state of mania (high), and a state of depression (low).

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