Depression is a common condition that has a number of manifestations. It could appear as one major depressive episode, persistent chronic depression (which lasts more than two years), psychotic depression, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, and seasonal affective disorder.
Symptoms vary widely depending on the kind of depression you may experience. In general, you may have persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings; feelings of hopelessness or pessimism; feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness; unexplained irritability or restlessness; loss of interest in activities or hobbies once enjoyed; low sex drive; fatigue and decreased energy; difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions; insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping; overeating, or appetite loss; thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts; aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment.
Illnesses associated with depression include anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder and social phobia.
Doctors are trained to recognize and treat various kinds of depression. Because each patient has specific needs, treatment for depressive illnesses may include any number of approaches like medication therapy, psychotherapy, and diet and exercise changes.Previous Page Last Review Date: January 4, 2018