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Depressive disorders are a complex and often confusing family of conditions. Sometimes lumped under the general term “depression,” these disorders can cause any combination of several symptoms. Because of this, depressive disorders manifest in a variety of ways, making them sometimes difficult to diagnose.
The most common form of depression, major depressive disorder, can come on at any age or stage in life. Older people tend to experience many similar symptoms, as do new mothers. Women experience depression at twice the rate of men, and the genders often experience depression in distinctly different ways, but it isn’t always clear why.
Forms of Depression
Major depression is the form of depression you probably think about when someone says the word. Major depressive episodes may come and go, and occur only once in a person’s life. More commonly, however, depression lasts longer than two years, and episodes, or bouts of depression, recur over a person’s lifetime. When a depressed mood lasts for more than two years, it is called persistent depressive disorder.
Other types of depression are shorter lived. Seasonal affective disorder is a depression brought on by winter when there is less natural sunlight, and it usually lifts during the spring. Postpartum depression occurs after childbirth and is estimated to occur in 10 to 15 percent of women after giving birth, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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