Different life difficulties lead to changes in behavior and mood of people. It is important not to confuse changes in behavior caused by such difficulties, and signs of more serious problems. Changes in behavior and mood are causes for serious concern when they are lasting, radical and hinder coping with everyday life.
Certain characteristics are same in the different types of depression but the way these disorders affect the sufferer's life is vastly different. To find the right treatment, one must understand and know the different types of this disorder. Depending on the intensity of the symptoms, the duration of the symptoms and the specific causes, the diagnosis and treatment of the different disorders are done. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a publication by the American Psychiatric Association, describes the symptoms of the different types of depressive or emotional disorders.
Among the other types of depression are post partum depression (occurring after having a baby), seasonal affective disorder (a disorder recurring at a specific time of the year), anxiety depression (panic attacks and social phobia), atypical depression (a temporary improvement in mood), chronic depression (sad mood lasts for about two years), double depression (an individual suffers from both dysthymia and a major depressive episode) and endogenous depression (feeling sad for no reason).
People with depression almost constantly have depressed mood. They can experience the following
• Permanent sad or anxious mood or feeling of inner emptiness • Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism • Feelings of guilt, low self and the feeling of inability to change anything in their life • Loss of interest in what previously enjoyed, including loss of interest in sex • Loss of energy and motivation, a sense of "slowness" • Problems with concentration, memory and decision-making • Insomnia, waking up too early or too long sleep • Significant changes in appetite and weight
How is Emotional Breakdown (Mood Disorders) Treated?
Effective treatment begins with a correct diagnosis. In most cases, in addition to psychiatric consultation is necessary to consult with a physician in order to prevent physical diseases that can cause similar
Treatment usually consists of psychotherapy or drugs. Often a combination of medication with psychotherapy is most effective. In combination with medication, psychotherapy helps people to focus on violations in interpersonal relations and the negative way of thinking, often associated with depression.
If you often feel light-headed without any other symptoms, the symptom is more likely to be emotion- related. Severe dizziness can be helped by taking anti-anxiety medications.
Apart from what was mentioned above, other common physical symptoms include fatigue, insomnia, headaches and muscle aches.
If you have concerns over whether you are suffering anxiety, check yourself against these emotional and physical symptoms of anxiety attacks first. Sometimes, your condition may be more complicating that the doctor will have to screen you against possible physical problems first. The possible solutions that will be recommended include traditional medications, behavioral therapy, or simply self-help if your condition is only minor.
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