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As the days become shorter and the weather cools, some individuals find they become depressed. This is related to the decrease in natural sunlight that occurs with the changing of the seasons.

The Many Types of Depression

Depression comes in many forms. Individuals often assume all people who are depressed suffer from the same type, yet this is not the case. Meridian Psychiatric Partners (www.meridianpsychiatricpartners.com) recognizes that each patient is unique and their condition is unique, thus the treatment must be customized to meet the individual's unique needs. For this reason, the practice employs psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists, among others, to assist patients. What are some of the more common types of depression a person may be experiencing?

Persistent Depressive Disorder

Some individuals struggle with depression for an extended period of time. When symptoms are present for two or more years and the person has had periods of major depression broken up by periods where the symptoms remain but aren't as severe, this is known as persistent depressive disorder. However, the symptoms must be present for two or more years to be classified as this type of disorder.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

As the days become shorter and the weather cools, some individuals find they become depressed. This is related to the decrease in natural sunlight that occurs with the changing of the seasons. Symptoms often remain until spring arrives and return again the following winter. Individuals who suffer from seasonal affective disorder report they sleep more, gain weight, and spend less time with family and friends, preferring to remain at home.

Postpartum Depression

When a woman gives birth, the hormone levels in her body change greatly and this may bring about postpartum depression. Symptoms, including anxiety and other mild symptoms, typically appear within two weeks of delivery for women, a condition known as the 'baby blues', but some females find they suffer from full-blown or postpartum depression. When this is the case, the woman is always exhausted, very sad, and anxious. This may lead to the new mother's inability to care for their infant or see to their daily needs.

These are only a few of the many types of depression a person may experience and depression can impact every aspect of a person's life, from their thoughts and feelings to their daily routine. If you are suffering from any symptoms associated with depression and they have lingered for two or more weeks, contact the practice today. Help is available.