Some depression is experienced as a low hum hovering around you, enigmatic, dampening your outlook, and affecting your interactions. Some depression is overwhelming, so visceral in its delivery that you feel like you are being usurped by it as if a weighted blanket is covering you and affecting your every thought. According to the American Psychiatric Association, all clinical depression includes feelings of sadness, impacts your cognitions, and subsequently affects your relationships and your ability to function. For more information about our mental health treatment programs in Los Angeles, contact Silicon Beach Treatment Center today at 213.460.1706.
What Are the Different Types of Clinical Depression?
The different depression diagnoses are determined by the symptoms you are experiencing, how long they last, and how frequently they occur. Every form of clinical depression includes the experience of a sad, empty, or irritable mood, as well as somatic and cognitive changes. Your history, exact symptoms as well as the duration and severity of your symptoms will determine a specific diagnosis.
The American Psychiatric Association details seven types of clinical depression:
- Major depressive disorder — The classic condition of depressive disorders lasts at least two weeks with the feeling of depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure pervasive nearly every day, for most of the day, during that two-week period. This type of depression is usually experienced more than once and generally lasts longer than two weeks.
- Persistent depressive disorder — This condition is experienced with less acuity than MDD but with a longer duration. This type of depression is diagnosed when symptoms persist for more than two years.
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder — This condition refers to depression in women that appears during the week before menstruation and end within a few days after a woman’s period starts.
- Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder — This diagnosis is reserved for children between six and eighteen, characterized by extreme irritability, anger, and frequent, intense temper outbursts.
- Substance/medication-induced depressive disorder — This condition refers to a depressed mood or decrease in interest or pleasure during or after intoxication or withdrawal.
- Other specified depressive disorder
- Unspecified depressive disorder
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder?
When a person has Major Depressive Disorder, five of the following symptoms must be observable or subjectively reported for at least two weeks:
- Feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness, most of the day, nearly every day
- Reduced interest or pleasure in regular activities most of the day, nearly every day
- Insomnia or hypersomnia (excessive daytime sleeping or prolonged nighttime sleeping) nearly every day
- Psychomotor agitation (e.g., excessive physical actions like pacing, hand-wringing, or toe-tapping); or psychomotor retardation (e.g., slowed speech, increased pauses in speech, or slowed body movements) nearly every day
- Reduction in energy, i.e., fatigue, nearly every day
- Feeling worthless and excessively guilty nearly every day
- Interference with the ability to concentrate or make decisions nearly every day
- Weight loss or gain (independent of dieting) or a decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day
- Thoughts of death, or thoughts or plans for suicide
Seek Treatment at Silicon Beach Treatment Center
At Silicon Beach Treatment Center, we treat clinical depression. Our task when treating any area of client suffering is to identify the nature of your experience with it, explore the underlying causes, and work together to usher in resiliency, foster a more hopeful outlook, and restore equilibrium. Our caring, trained professionals will work diligently to bring you the support, interventions, and treatment you need. For more information about our clinical depression disorder treatment center in Los Angeles, please contact Silicon Beach Treatment Center today by calling us at 213.460.1706.