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Common Type of Depression

Common types of depression

There are different types of depression that are distinctive due to what causes them:

  • Clinical depression

    Clinical depression or major depressive disorder is a mood disorder that can impact thoughts, feelings, behaviour and daily functioning. In severe cases, one may even experience thoughts of suicide. It can occur in any stage of life: childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age.

  • Persistent depressive disorder

    Persistent depressive disorder or dysthymia is a chronic condition where a low mood occurs with at least two other symptoms of depression for at least two years.

  • Postpartum (or postnatal) depression

    Postpartum (or postnatal) depression (PPD) is a type of depression that affects mothers that have just given birth. It is characterized by fatigue, insomnia, feelings of worthlessness and difficulty in bonding with the child.

  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder

    Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome that causes physical, emotional and behavioural symptoms that can be very crippling to daily life.

  • Seasonal affective disorder

    Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a kind of depression that occurs every year around the same time. It is common in countries that have less or no sunlight during some seasons.