Depression is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses in America (right after anxiety). There are several types of depressive disorders.
Types of Depression:
Major Depressive Disorder – People who are suffering from major depressive disorder experience overwhelming feelings of sadness and disillusionment most of the time. They might experience a loss of interest in activities that were previously enjoyed, changes to sleeping or eating patterns, a lack of motivation throughout the day and difficulty concentrating or making decisions. When it comes to major depressive disorder a combination of individual therapy and medication is often effective.
Manic Depression – Also known as bipolar disorder, manic depression is characterized by short periods of mania followed by periods of depression.
Persistent Depressive Disorder – If a person experiences a depressive episode that lasts for two years or longer, it is likely that he or she is suffering from persistent depressive disorder.
Seasonal Affective Disorder – This is a period of major depression that occurs when the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, usually during the winter months. People who are struggling with seasonal affective disorder often find that antidepressant medication is extremely beneficial.
Situational Depression – Situational depression refers to a major depressive episode that is brought on by a specific situation, such as a major personal loss. While the symptoms associated with situational depression often resolve on their own over time, antidepressant medication can be beneficial.
Psychotic Depression – People who suffer from psychotic depression experience the symptoms associated with major depression along with delusions, severe paranoia and auditory and visual hallucinations.
At CuraSouth we work closely with individuals suffering from a depressive disorder. Upon admission to our medical detox program, each of our clients undergoes an in-depth clinical and medical assessment which helps our detox team determine whether or not dual diagnosis treatment is necessary. If we believe that a client is suffering from an undiagnosed depressive disorder, he or she is paired with a psychiatric professional who conducts a thorough assessment and prescribes antidepressant medications as necessary.