Health Questions: What are the Types of Depression?

health questions depressionDepression affects millions of Americans every year and there are many different types that affect people in different ways. Two of the major types of depression are Major Depressive Disorder and Dysthymic disorder. Major depressive disorder prohibits one’s ability to function on a daily level including sleep, eat and work.

Dysthymic is a type of depression that lasts for an extended period of time, likely longer than two years. While these symptoms are less intense than those found in major depression, they will still show a considerable negative impact on one’s life. Other types of depression can be the result of a certain life event such as death or an extreme loss.

Postpartum depression is a type of depression found in new mothers within the first month after delivery. Other types of depression include seasonal affective disorder which happens during the winter months when there is less sunlight each day.