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There are many, many different types of depression including anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, split personalities, and general depression. Because there are so many different types of depression the treatment for depression varies.

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is most common among women though men can suffer from it as well. Bipolar disorder occurs because there is a chemical imbalance in the brain causing you to feel extreme highs, and very low lows. For example one day a person with bipolar disorder will feel on top of the world, no one can hurt them and nothing can bring them down. Then perhaps an hour or a day later, they feel suicidal, they feel like everyone is against them and they fear everything from going out of the house to making a phone call.

In this case the treatment for depression would be medication and/or therapy. The medication will help balance the chemicals in the brain so that a proper amount is released when it is supposed to be. People suffering from bipolar disorder often cannot sustain meaningful relationships, have trouble sleeping, and often have thoughts of suicide.

Major depressive disorder

Major depressive disorder or Major depression is when a person has an “episode” that last most of the day, nearly every day for at least two weeks. The symptoms that will occur include depressed mood, a noticeable decrease in interest or pleasure in activities, weight loss, weight gain, difficulty sleeping, oversleeping, fatigue, loss of energy, feeling worthless, feeling excessive guilt, difficulty thinking, difficulty concentrating, repeatedly thinking about death or suicide, attempting suicide, or making a specific plan to commit suicide.  The treatment for depression in this instance would again be medication and therapy. Often times a person suffering from depression has issues that need to be uncovered and addressed with the help of a psychiatrist.

Dysthymic disorder

Dysthymic disorder or Dysthymia is a nearly constant depressed mood for at least 2 years with at least two of the following symptoms: difficulty sleeping, increased sleeping, low energy, fatigue, low self-esteem, difficulty concentrating and thinking, and feeling hopeless. The treatment for depression in this case is again medication and therapy. If you do not wish to take medication your doctor can recommend other options such as extensive counseling, relaxation techniques, and talking with family members or friends to find the root of the problem. Most times patients suffering with depression need medication, because as said before depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain that causes suicidal thoughts, feelings of hopelessness, mood swings, and general bad thoughts.

The treatment for depression varies because there are so many different types of depression but most of them result in needing to take medication, practicing relaxation techniques, meditating, and therapy. Only you and your doctor can decide what medication is best for you or if you need to take medication at all. Sometimes people are depressed because of a traumatic event, this is called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which can be solved with counseling alone.
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