Depressive Disorders

When it comes to the various types of depressive disorders, some are more serious than others, but they all important to identify and get treatment for before they become a more serious problem. Symptoms of depressive disorders generally include long periods of unbroken sadness and a loss of interest in activities and life in general. There are many different depressive disorders including major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and several different types of depression. No matter the particular type of depressive disorder that is a problem, there are dangers and risks that come with the mental illness. Understanding them will help you make your decision about whether online therapy here on GoMentor.com is right for you. First, here is a little more information about the different types of depressive disorders.

Types of Depressive Disorders

  • Major Depressive Disorder affects a person's ability to enjoy everyday activities in a major way that prevents people from functioning normally.
  • Dysthymic Disorder is also known as chronic depression. It refers to a mood disorder in which the depression lasts for two years or more.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder is thought to occur when a person doesn't get enough sunlight or vitamin D and can result in mild to severe depression.
  • Postpartum Depression is a type of depression that typically occurs after a pregnancy and is usually pretty severe.
  • Atypical Depression results in behavior like overeating, oversleeping, and an extreme sensitivity to being rejected. Feelings of hopelessness are common.   
  • Depression in general is a combination of symptoms that cause a person to have trouble functioning productively in society.
  • Unspecified Depressive Disorder is depression that doesn't fit one of the other categories above but has symptoms from one or all of the other types of depressive disorders.

As you can see, there is a wide range of different types of depression that can have a negative effect in a person's life.

Symptoms of Depressive Disorders

The exact symptoms exhibited are going to vary depending on the exact type of depressive disorder, but in general signs of a problem with depression include the following.


  • Feeling sad or hopeless nearly every day for at least 2 weeks.
  • Losing interest in or not getting pleasure from most daily activities nearly every day for at least 2 weeks.

Everyone may feel a little down once in a while - even for extended periods - but in general depressive disorders make it impossible for people to function normally in their everyday life. From feelings of hopelessness to other overwhelming emotions, the symptoms of depression should not be ignored. If they are, the dangers of depressive disorders may come into play.

Dangers of Depressive Disorders

Some people take a negative attitude toward depression, thinking it's not a serious problem, but when you take a look at the dangers that are associated with various depressive disorders and their tendency to cause substance abuse problems or other mental illnesses it is obvious that they should be taken seriously. Suicide is another real risk for people who suffer from major depression and other forms of mood disorders that cause them to lose hope.

Treatment for Depressive Disorders

Depressive disorders are a serious mental illness, which is why you can find trained therapists that specialize in treating this type of mental illness on GoMentor.com. Psychotherapy and counseling are known ways to help with a wide range of depressive disorders. Online treatment on GoMentor.com for this type of mental disorder can help you deal with the symptoms while at the same time working on making sure depression doesn't overtake your life.

Definition of Depressive Disorders

Depressive disorders are mental illnesses that affect the chemistry of the brain, causing people to have intense, long periods of sadness that leaves them unable to function in society. Symptoms of depressive disorders include being sad every day for more than 2 weeks or being so sad that there are suicidal thoughts. Treatment with psychotherapy can help with a variety of depressive disorders.

Symptoms of / Reasons for Depressive Disorders

  • Feeling sad everyday for more than two weeks
  • Apathy and a lack of interest in normal activities

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