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Atypical Depression

A different type of depression from the common experience of depression

Every one is aware of depression, We say we have depression when we are sad, we are don’t want to talk to or see anyone, don’t feel like eating, we can’t sleep but want to stay in at the same time and just want to cry. We see ourself losing weight and interest in thing we loved. We eventually label ourselves as depression. However, many of our are un-aware of the types of depression which in this case is a typical depression. Another type is Atypical depression in which the symptoms opposite to typical depression.

In this article we would be talking about Atypical Depression, its symptoms, causes and possible treatment

What is Atypical Depression?

Atypical depression is a subtype of major depression  that involves several specific symptoms, including:

  • Increased appetite or weight gain

You see  yourself eating a lot and gaining weight. You just can’t stop from munching snacks or chocolates. You and your surrounding sees it as normal, but if it is affecting you in any way it’s not.

  • Sleepiness or excessive sleep

You’re tired and sleepy all the time. An average person is to have least 6 – 8 hours of sleep, you see yourself sleeping for 10 or more hours. It’s not healthy anymore.

Like typical depression you feel that you are out of energy and every movement feels a lot.

  • Turns into a social bug

You see yourself wanting people around you and you are feeling vulnerable. You are getting cling and insecure of losing people or being avoided.

  • Unhappy

You are not happy and you see yourself faking a smile. You are doing a lot of activity that you are not enjoying but you want to stay occupied.

Causes of Atypical Depression

Biologically:

  1. Low levels of thyroid hormone can lead to depression and weight gain.
  2. Impaired functioning of neurotransmitters in this case, those are dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
  3. A family history of depression
  4. Any type of serious illness such as cancerheart diseasestroke, or HIV

Environmental Factor

While the exact cause of depression is unknown, there are risk factors for depression, including:

  1. A family history of depression
  2. A significant loss — from death, divorce, or separation — that may trigger an underlying vulnerability to depression (rather than simply normal grief)
  3. Interpersonal conflicts and related emotions such as guilt
  4. Any type of abuse — physical, sexual, or emotional
  5. Any type of major life event such as moving, changing or losing a job, graduating, retiring, or social isolation in people who have a biological vulnerability to depression
  6. Drug or alcohol abuse

Treatment

  1. Doctors are likely to recommend psychotherapy (talk therapy)
  2. Medications for atypical depression (depending on the severity of the symptoms)
  3. Healthy Activity indulgent
  4. Ask for help talk to a friend or family who is understanding and supporting

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Written by Anum Atiq

HI!

I am Anum Atiq, 25 years old, industrial and Organizational psychologist, HR Professional and Researcher.

I am an introvert person with a good observation skill which makes me a good psychologist as well.

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