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Coping With Depression

Two-thirds of all people suffering from depression don't get the help they need. Many fail to identify their symptoms or attribute them to lack of sleep or a poor diet, while others are just too fatigued or ashamed to seek help.
Left untreated, depression can result in years of needless pain for both the depressed person and his or her family. Therefore, the first step in coping with the illness is seeking help from a qualified healthcare provider. He or she will be able to diagnose the problem and recommend treatment for your particular situation. If your healthcare provider diagnoses depression, coping with it also involves:
  • Learning strategies for success
  • Support from friends and family.
(Click Dealing With Depression to learn about specific strategies for successfully dealing with this condition.)

Types of Depression

A lot of people may think of depression as a symptom. However, it is actually a type of illness. Similar to other illnesses, such as heart disease, depression can come in several forms (or types). The three most common types are:
These types differ from one another in their severity, the number of symptoms present, and how long they last. The treatment options are also different for each type.
Other types of depression can include:
  • Postpartum depression
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Adjustment disorder with depressed mood
  • Cyclothymic disorder. 
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