Depression: The types of depression

Depression presents itself in many ways. Most people think of depression as deep, dark and debilitating. And it often is.

This is a very basic list of types of depression:
•Situational depression, a traumatic event happened which threw you for a loop, such as, a loved one dying, losing your job, divorce or moving.
•Family of origin depression is the result of traumas or “stuff” that happened in our childhood that festered over the years resulting in depression and customarily takes years of therapy and or medications to dig out of.
•Moderate depression seems to have no identifying event. It seems to have come on and lasts for a long time. It also may result in long-term therapy and medications being needed to combat it.
•Severe depression often requires hospitalization or inpatient care, as well as long-term therapy and medications, to prevent the patient from causing harm to themselves or others.
The important thing to remember is that we are not all the same, and the way we feel is not textbook. There is no right or wrong, each of us responds differently, and it is okay. What is traumatic to one person may not even be a blip to another. We must acknowledge we are individuals and accept that those around us are individuals as well. We are not all created equal. We all respond to life differently and it is okay. #Depression

Nancy Gregory, Ph.D - Clinical Psychologist
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