Varieties of Depression

Many diagnosable conditions are forms of depression. Postpartum depression affects new mothers; Bipolar Disorder (colloquially known as manic depression), involves episodes of sadness and anxiety mixed with manic “highs.”


Seasonal depression affects people only in the winter months, while dysthymia is mild depression. Suicidal thoughts often coincide with depressive episodes, which is why it’s important to be aware of the signs if you or a loved one experiences chronic mood disturbances.

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
    SAD is triggered by reduced sunlight.
  • Postpartum Depression
    Three to fifteen percent of new mothers experience some form of postpartum depression.
  • Dysthymia
    Dysthymia is a prolonged state of mild depression.
  • Bipolar Disorder
    Bipolar disorder affects 2.6 percent of the American population.
  • Suicide
    The United States ranks 40th in the world for per capita suicide.

Understand all about Depression. Read more…

  1. What is Depression?
  2. Symptoms of Depression
  3. Causes of Depression
  4. Treatment of Depression
  5. Depression and Health
  6. Varieties of Depression
  7. Depression and Society
  8. Online Psychotherapy

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