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Atypical Depression

Atypical depression

Definition All types of depression have something in common: all of them can make you feel blue and keep you from enjoying life. Some types of depression can show very similar symptoms of depression .  This is specially the case for atypical depression and major depression .  To be diagnosed with major depression ,  the disorder must respond to a certain number of symptoms. Nevertheless, if you suffer from atypical depression ,  you will most probably identify easily certain typical symptoms including increased hunger and/or weight gain, the intense necessity of sleeping very long, a ‘leaden’ feeling in your arms and legs, and the extreme difficulty of maintaining relationships. ____________________________________________ Very often, atypical depression occurs early, mostly in teenagers. Women are more affected than men by atypical depression .  The term ‘atypical depression ‘  is somehow misleading: the disorder is neither unusual nor uncommon. Like for most other types of depression ,  several options are available to treat atypical depression and include medications, psychotherapy and very often a profound change in the sufferer’s lifestyle. ____________________________________________

What is atypical depression ?

Like all other types of depression ,  atypical depression is also characterized by specific symptoms. Atypical depression symptoms are very similar to those of major depression – sometimes also referred to as clinical depression . People suffering from atypical depression usually experience less depression symptoms than those with more ‘classic’ depression types. Most of them appear to have started to suffer from atypical depression when they were teenagers. Atypical depression is said to be underdiagnosed and consequently untreated professionally. ____________________________________________

What are the signs and symptoms of

atypical depression ?

The people who suffer from the atypical depression usually experience a number of the following signs and symptoms:    They experience mood reactivity, that is, their mood improves when something good happens to them and the opposite reaction when something bad happen cannot be avoided. Such problems of temporary depression are possible symptoms of atypical depression . ____________________________________________ They experience a ‘leaden’ feeling in their arms and legs during the episodes that can last for more than an hour each time. This ‘leaden feeling’ can also last for a longer time after the end of the episode and seriously impair their social or occupational activities. Such problems are possible symptoms of atypical depression . ____________________________________________ Their sleeping habits have changed: they suffer from insomnia or hypersomnia almost every day – they do not sleep enough or much too much, usually ten hours or more and have serious difficulties to awake. Such or similar sleeping problems are possible symptoms of atypical depression . ____________________________________________ Almost every day they find it very difficult to concentrate on tasks or projects that they could handle easily previously. They also can hardly remember any details and take decisions. Such or similar concentration problems and indecisiveness are possible symptoms of atypical depression . ____________________________________________ They constantly feel hopeless, helpless and particularly worthless for the people around them and they regularly develop a pessimistic attitude. They are also convinced that their situation can but worsen and that nothing can be done to change that trend. Such or similar changes in feelings are possible symptoms of atypical depression . ____________________________________________ They constantly ‘generate’ negative thoughts, always feel guilty when something does not work properly and are no longer in a position to control them – no matter how much time and effort they put in these actions. Feeding such or similar negative thoughts and constantly feeling guilty are possible symptoms of atypical depression . ____________________________________________ They do not show interest any more in daily activities that they used to enjoy, such as hobbies, sex, pastimes, meeting friends, etc. Losing interest in daily activities is a possible symptom of atypical depression . ____________________________________________ Most of the time they feel awfully tired and physically drained. Performing any little work or small tasks is now exhausting and a burden for them. Losing energy and always feeling fatigued – without apparent reasons – also belong to the possible symptoms of atypical depression . ____________________________________________ They claim about serious difficulties in maintaining their relationships due to their excessive sensitivity to any kind of criticism and fear of rejection. This extreme sensitivity also influences negatively their social life and profession. The emergence of such problems also belongs to the possible symptoms of atypical depression . ____________________________________________ Their appetite has increased significantly – apparently without any reason – and they cannot stop eating although they perfectly know that it is unhealthy and that obesity may cause them further serious problems. Such changes in appetite and/or in weight are often possible symptoms of atypical depression . ____________________________________________ Almost every day they feel sad, depressed or “down” without any apparent reasons.  Such or similar constant feelings are possible symptoms of atypical depression . ____________________________________________ They feel either so physically restless or rundown  nearly every day that people around them can but notice it. Exhibiting such constant feelings are often possible symptoms of atypical depression . ____________________________________________ Their main thoughts focus on the idea that their life is not worth living and they develop almost every day recurring thoughts of dead and suicide.  If this is the way you feel when reading these lines, please stop reading and seek help at once. Such or similar suicidal thoughts or plans might be symptoms of atypical depression . ____________________________________________

When to contact a medical professional

for your depression ?

If you regularly feel depressed or low, or if you notice that your depression symptoms are worsening, do not hesitate, do not lose time and make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. If not diagnosed and professionally treated, all types of depression usually worsen and eventually lead to serious mental or physical disorders. In the worst case, severe symptoms of depression can make you commit suicide. Should you however be reluctant to seek professional treatment – and most men are – do not try to medicate your depression yourself, talk to a person you trust and discuss your present depression problems with him or her.   ____________________________________________

Atypical depression and suicide

Atypical depression is an illness that affects millions of people all over the world, but that is fortunately highly treatable. Atypical depression is the result of an imbalance of human brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Any untreated depression is basically a major risk for committing suicide. Almost half a million people attempt suicide in the United States every year. Of course, if you just feel sad for a few days, you do not suffer from Atypical depression .  ____________________________________________ However, if you experience sadness, deep despair and hopelessness for a longer period, and that these feelings and thoughts interfere with your functioning, you are likely to have depression .  Such intense sadness, deep despair and hopelessness that accompany depression make the sufferer believe that suicide is the only possibility to put an end to the pain. ____________________________________________ Expressing and/or developing extensive thoughts of death or suicide are a symptom of depression that has to be taken very seriously. Should you happen to respond to or know anybody displaying these symptoms of depression ,  do not hesitate a second, seek professional help or get immediately in touch with your local suicide hotline. In the United States, you directly call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor. You can also use that same number and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line. ____________________________________________

What causes atypical depression ?

What causes atypical depression is still a question that cannot be answered precisely. Scientists strongly believe that, as with all other types of depression ,  atypical depression can be triggered by certain risk factors or a combination of them. Risk factors for atypical depression include: ____________________________________________ Brain chemistry Neurotransmitters are brain chemicals that are responsible for the transmission of signals between the cells; they are often involved in a number of depression .  Atypical depression ,  as well as other depressions ,  is the result of an imbalance of human brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. An imbalance in neurotransmitters may trigger atypical depression symptoms . ____________________________________________ Genetics People with a family history of depression are principally predisposed to experiencing atypical depression that is said to be hereditary, and thus passes from one generation to the next one. A family history of depression may be a cause to trigger atypical depression symptoms . ____________________________________________ Important events Not only negative events, but even positive ones, such as starting a new well-paid job with increased responsibilities, graduating, getting married, retiring, moving to another town, etc., can result in triggering atypical depression symptoms . ____________________________________________ Abuse of any kind People who have experienced physical, sexual abuse or emotional trauma during their childhood – that is, when they were under 16 – are more likely to suffer from atypical depression symptoms in adulthood. ____________________________________________

What are the risks of developing

atypical depression ?

Atypical depression is quite a common chronic mental disorder and is basically a subtitle of major depression that is sometimes called clinical depression .  Atypical depression symptoms are less severe than those of major or clinical depression .  Quite a number of factors appear to be capable of triggering or developing atypical depression .  The main risk factors include: ____________________________________________ Abuse of any kind People who have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional abuse during their childhood – that is, when they were under 16 – are likely to suffer from atypical depression symptoms in adulthood. ____________________________________________ History of bipolar depression People with an history of bipolar depression ,  also known as manic-depressive illness, have increased risks of developing one day atypical depression symptoms . ____________________________________________ Alcohol and drug abuse Increased consumption of alcohol and/or illegal drugs is one of the many factors that can seriously increase the risk of developing atypical depression symptoms . ____________________________________________ Abuse of any kind People who have experienced physical or sexual abuse, or emotional trauma during their childhood – that is, when they were under age 16 – are more likely to suffer from atypical depression symptoms in adulthood. ____________________________________________ Traumatic events People who have experienced traumatic experience in their childhood, such as the death of a parent or of a loved one, a dramatic divorce or separation of their parents, etc. are likely to also suffer from atypical depression symptoms in adulthood. ____________________________________________ Traumatic events People who have developed a low self-esteem over a longer time or who are extremely helpless and dependent from others, are likely to suffer from atypical depression symptoms in adulthood ____________________________________________ Serious illnesses Living with a serious illness, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. predisposes to developing atypical depression symptoms in many people. ____________________________________________ Medications and depression Taking certain types of medication, such as sleeping pills or so-called high blood pressure medicines can develop or trigger atypical depression symptoms in many people. In case of doubt, discuss the issue with your doctor or therapist.   ____________________________________________ Postpartum depression Women who suffer from severe depression after giving birth are especially predisposed to developing atypical depression symptoms at a later time. ____________________________________________

Complications related to atypical

depression ?

Atypical depression ,  as all other depression types, is a serious disorder that is capable of generating a number or major illnesses that can affect not only your emotions and your behaviour, but also cause significant health problems. Here are a few examples of complications related to atypical depression : ____________________________________________ Weight increase Getting excess weight or becoming obese can not only affect negatively your health in general, but is too often responsible for such illnesses as diabetes, heart disease, etc. Weight increase is part of the possible typical complications generally associated with atypical depression . ____________________________________________ Increased alcohol and/or drug consumption Your alcohol and/or illegal drug consumption has increased significantly and you are on the best way to become addicted. Alcohol and/or drug abuse can lead to a number of illnesses and also belong to the classical complications usually associated with atypical depression . ____________________________________________ Disorder and phobia The anxiety and panic disorder or social phobia that people experience today may have their origin in a – generally medically untreated – depression that started in their childhood. Anxiety and panic disorder or social phobia are typical examples of complications usually associated with atypical depression . ____________________________________________ Social problems Very often people, who repeatedly experience conflicts between family members, have huge difficulties maintaining relationship difficulties, and have serious problems at work or school, have suffered previously from a mental depression ,  most probably from atypical disorder. Developing social inability belong to the classical complications usually associated with atypical depression . ____________________________________________ Social isolation The people who constantly avoid meeting friends and family members or stop their social activities without a valid reason are also possibly the victims of an undiagnosed depression .  Social isolation also belongs to the classical complications usually associated with atypical depression . ____________________________________________
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Suicidal thoughts Developing suicidal thoughts is usually the body’s response to the extremely severe symptoms of a depression and possibly the worst complication usually associated with atypical depression . ____________________________________________

Your appointment with a professional for atypical depression

Taking the decision to seek help for your atypical depression and making a first appointment with your primary care doctor is most probably the most important step you can make in this connection to improve your condition. Your doctor will most probably refer you to a specialist, a mental health provider, who will diagnose you and work out an appropriate treatment plan for your specific atypical depression . It is always a good idea to get prepared for your appointment and to bring along with you your  “ Depression Diary ”  in which you have written down – as detailed as possible – when and under which circumstances your depression symptoms have occurred, how you have tried to deal with them, and what results you have obtained. It is also recommended to make a check list of all of your key personal information, possible stresses, and important recent changes in your life and to describe shortly how badly and when your  “ symptoms of atypical depression ”  has affected you. To complete the picture, you can work out a list of all your medications, inclusive dosages and directions and ask a trusted family member or friend to accompany you to your appointment, and help you remember all information you will receive to cope and treat your symptoms of atypical depression . In order to make sure that your most important questions associated with your atypical depression are discussed and cleared during your first appointment, you are expected to work out a corresponding list that might include such and other points: - Can you exclude that other cause than depression or atypical depression is responsible for the symptoms I am experiencing? - Will I have to pass so-called depression tests?  What do they look like? - What would be the first choice depression treatment in my case, taking my personal information into consideration? - What are the pros and cons of the other depression treatments? - You have seen in my personal information that I also suffer from…  Can your suggested depression treatment negatively interfere with the medications I am presently taking? - What about the possible side effects with your suggested depression treatment? - What about a generic alternative? In the affirmative, would it bring the same results as your recommended depression treatment? ____________________________________________

Tests and diagnosis for atypical depression

Seeking treatment for your atypical depression symptoms, you have finally made an appointment with a recommended health care provider. He or she will make you pass a thorough physical exam to find out if your atypical depression symptoms are possibly triggered by any physical causes. He or she will also let you answer a lot of question to find out about your present psychological state and your atypical depression . As laboratory tests to diagnose social anxiety disorder or social phobia do not exist yet, you will be asked by your doctor or mental health provider to describe your atypical depression symptoms as accurately as possible, i.e. in what precise situation or environment they occur and also how often. Your doctor or mental health provider will most probably ask you to fill in a few psychological questionnaires to allow determine a correct diagnosis. Required criteria to be diagnosed with atypical depression The criteria spelled out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association have to be met by a person to be diagnosed with atypical depression . To be diagnosed as having the condition  “ atypical depression “  sufferers must therefore meet all the criteria listed by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) for the disorder  “ major depression “.  The people who suffer from the disorder must consequently feel sad, depressed  or “down” the major part of the day, almost every day, and cannot show interest any more in daily activities that they used to enjoy, such as hobbies, sex, pastimes, meeting friends, etc. Moreover, these people will also have to meet further criteria that are specific for atypical depression .  In order to be diagnosed with atypical depression ,  these people must exhibit this kind of depression symptoms: depression symptoms that make them experience mood reactivity, that is, that their mood improves temporarily when something good happens to them and also experience at least two of the following symptoms of depression : a ‘leaden’ feeling in their arms and legs during the episodes that can last for more than an hour each time. This ‘leaden feeling’ can also last for a longer time after the end of the episode. People suffering from these symptoms of depression have seriously impaired social or occupational activities. changed sleeping habits: these people develop hypersomnia almost every day – they sleep much too much. People suffering from these symptoms of depression usually sleep for ten hours or more and have serious difficulties to awake. significant increase in appetite  – apparently without any reason. The people who suffer from this depression symptom cannot stop eating although they perfectly know that it is unhealthy and that obesity may cause them further serious problems. excessive sensitivity to any kind of criticism and fear of rejection. This extreme sensitivity influences negatively their social life and profession. The people who suffer from this depression symptom claim about serious difficulties in maintaining their relationships. ____________________________________________

How is atypical depression treated?

Basically, there is little difference between the way atypical depression  ,  chronic depression ,  major depression etc. are professionally treated. Your doctor has several treatment options he can choose from to treat your symptoms of atypical depression : medications and psychotherapy – also called ‘talk therapy’.  Both treatments can be used separately and medication appears to be the more effective one to treat atypical depression .  However, professionals do believe that a judicious combination of medication and appropriate psychotherapy may enhance effectiveness significantly. People generally experience atypical depression as a component of a so-called mild depression that usually lasts for a long period of time. Atypical depression can also intensify so severely that it may not only seriously impair people’s social or occupational activities but also make them develop suicidal thoughts. Here are some available options to treat your atypical depression symptoms: Medications for atypical depression Atypical depression – or more precisely their symptoms – is most commonly treated effectively with antidepressants, such as: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). Norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs). Atypical antidepressants. Tricyclic antidepressants. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). Antidepressants generally require a certain period of time – sometimes several weeks or longer – before they start to work optimally and make your life easier. When you experience an episode of atypical depression ,  you are expected to continue taking your prescribed antidepressant for at least half a year – without any interruption.  Should you decide to stop taking your antidepressants for a while, this may cause a sudden worsening of your atypical depression ,  and you should consult your doctor beforehand to arrange a working decreasing plan for the next few weeks. ____________________________________________

How to find the right medication for your atypical depression ?

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are mostly chosen to treat atypical depression for two reasons: they work effectively and the side effects that they generate are generally more tolerable for the patients. Taking your personal situation and type of depression into consideration, your doctor will choose a specific antidepressant or of a combination of medications. Should you experience disturbing side effects, do not panic, continue to take the prescribed antidepressants and inform your doctor correspondingly and with full details. You should be aware that certain depressants may even worsen your atypical depression when the therapy is stopped suddenly. In other words, you cannot stop abruptly taking the chosen antidepressant, and create so- called withdrawal symptoms until a more suitable and appropriate medication – with more tolerable side effects – is found to combat your atypical depression .  It is always a good idea to discuss thoroughly the pros and cons of possible side effects with a professional and to make up your own decision.  People suffering from atypical depression may have to continue taking antidepressants for a long time in order to be able to keep their depression symptoms under control. ____________________________________________

Psychotherapy for atypical depression

Psychotherapy – also called talk therapy – is increasingly used in atypical depression to teach and so help people learn about their mood and condition, thoughts, feelings, etc. and develop genuine coping skills and “stress management” to deal with the odds of everyday life. Psychotherapy can also help both the patient and his or her family better understand the specifics of atypical depression . Your doctor has several treatment options he can choose from to treat your symptoms of atypical depression : medications and psychotherapy – also called ‘talk therapy’.  Take the necessary time to discuss – together with your therapist – what you believe will best suit your requirements. ____________________________________________

Further available treatments for atypical depression

In concrete cases, following options may also be considered to treat atypical depression : Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) This option is mainly considered to effectively treat severe atypical depression symptoms when other treatments have not been effective. The therapy can generate a number of side effects that should be discussed with your doctor or therapist. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). This option is usually considered when the patient’s atypical depression does not respond to antidepressants. Vagus nerve stimulation This option is usually considered for long-lasting atypical depression that are resistant to the other treatments.  ____________________________________________

Lifestyle and home remedies to combat atypical depression

Atypical depression does not belong to the kind of disorders that people can generally handle by themselves. Besides of the treatment recommended by your doctor, you can take advantage of a few home remedies to enhance combatting your atypical depression .  Here are a few recommendations: Sticking to the treatment plan – a complimentary measure to combat atypical depression Sticking to the agreed treatment plan is extremely important to fight atypical depression and enhance your condition. Never miss an appointment with your doctor or any scheduled therapy session; it is so easy to find reasons or excuses not do go. Such thoughts or actions are counterproductive. Continue taking regularly your prescribed medications, independently on how you feel; by stopping taking the medications, you may create so- called withdrawal symptoms. Learning about the disease – a complimentary measure to combat atypical depression The more people learn about their disorder, that is, about their atypical depression ,  the better it will motivate them to take regularly their medications and attend all sessions with their therapist.  The very same also applies to their family members and close friends; the more they know about atypical depression ,  the more supportive they can be. Paying attention to warning signs – a complimentary measure to combat atypical depression Discuss your situation in full details with your doctor or therapist and try to find out what situations or objects can trigger your symptoms of atypical depression .  Work out a plan that tells you exactly what to do or how to react in case your atypical depression symptoms worsens or even re-appears. Do not hesitate to keep your doctor or therapist immediately informed of any alteration in your atypical depression symptoms .  In case of doubt, simply ask family members or people around you to watch for warning signs. Getting active – a complimentary measure to combat atypical depression Being physically active and doing some exercises is not only good for your health in general, but may support and reduce significantly the symptoms of your atypical depression .  Most important is that you like and enjoy your exercises and/or new activities, such as walking, swimming, gardening, etc. While you are exercising, your body releases endorphins – the so-called ‘happy’ chemicals, and also increases your self-esteem. Avoiding alcohol and drugs – a complimentary measure to combat atypical depression Do your very best to avoid consuming alcohol and all kinds of drugs. At first sight, you might believe that they help reducing your depression-related symptoms , but exactly the contrary happens; these drugs can but worsen and intensify your symptoms of atypical depression . ____________________________________________

How to cope with atypical depression

As you may have hear from people suffering from atypical depression ,  getting clear with this disorder is not a simple matter of a few weeks or months, but a long-term  experience that will have a strong hold not only on your own life but also on the life of the people around you. Moreover, atypical depression usually makes it very hard for those suffering from the disorder, to being physically active and doing some exercises that can help them better support and reduce their depression symptoms. Complimentary to the treatments arranged with your doctor or therapist, following tips may enhance your situation: Do not complicate your life – This will help you cope with your atypical depression Make your daily life as simple and easy as possible, install priorities and cut back on obligations wherever feasible. Take it easy. Not everything must be done immediately. Do not get nervous; there is a time for everything. Keep focusing on your objectives – This will help you cope with your atypical depression Concentrate on what you want to achieve. You have learned that treating atypical depression is an ongoing long- termed process during which you have to motivate and re-motivate yourself all the time. Do not get discouraged if results are not obtained quickly and always keep your objectives in mind: you want to improve your chances of recovery. Persevere and you will make it. Keep a diary – This will help you cope with your atypical depression Keep your “My Atypical Diary” up to date. Write down – as detailed as possible – how, how long and when you experienced your pain, fear, anger, emotions, etc. Your “My atypical Diary” will be of great help for you and your doctor or therapist to control the development of the disorder. Read self-help books – This will help you cope with your atypical depression You can ask your doctor or therapist to recommend you appropriate self-help books. Read them attentively and discuss relevant aspects with your doctor or therapist during the next sessions. The more informed you are about your atypical depression ,  the better you can cope with it. Do not ‘feed’ your isolation – This will help you cope with your atypical depression People suffering from atypical depression should do everything imaginable not to become isolated one day. It is therefore a good idea for them to try taking part in different activities and to meet regularly with friends or family members. Do not let you go – This will help you cope with your atypical depression Take care of yourself. Care for a balanced diet. Good nutrition is very important and reinforces your resistance against your atypical depression .  Being physically active and doing some exercises is not only good for your health in general, but may also support and reduce significantly the symptoms of your atypical depression .  Make sure that you get sufficient sleep – this is  extremely important not to trigger atypical depression symptoms .  Joining a support group – This will help you cope with your atypical depression The support you may receive from friends and family members is no doubt invaluable in learning to cope with atypical depression .  For some people, it is much easier to receive help and support from strangers. In the US, pertaining education, support groups, counseling, etc. are offered by a variety of organizations, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), to help people suffering from atypical depression . Practising relaxation – This will help you cope with your atypical depression Practising regularly relaxation techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing, yoga, tai chi, drinking hot tea, self- massage, etc. will help you drop your stress levels and indirectly fight your atypical depression . Schedule your activities – This will help you cope with your atypical depression Take time to plan judiciously your daily activities. A good organization of your time and of your daily tasks is essential to avoid negative stress that could trigger your atypical depression . ____________________________________________

Does prevention against atypical depression exist?

Effective measures capable of preventing the emergence of atypical depression have not been found yet. However, when early diagnosed and adequately treated, the severity of the symptoms of atypical depression can be reduced significantly. An early professional treatment of atypical depression can improve the quality of life. Sticking to following strategies may help getting easier along with your atypical depression : Follow closely the atypical depression treatment plan arranged together with your doctor or therapist. Take all possible measures to keep your stress under control and to enhance your self-esteem. Be socially active, meet friends and join a club. Structure your life. Do not be shy. Reach out to people around you; not only when you experience atypical depression symptoms. Watch for the warning signs of a relapse and seek treatment immediately to prevent your atypical depression from becoming too severe. Develop a long-term treatment plan with your doctor. ____________________________________________
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