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7 Most Common Types of Depression (Part 3)

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:35 PM

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

Among the most common symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) are irritability, fatigue, anxiety, moodiness, bloating, increased appetite, food cravings, aches, and breast tenderness.

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) produces similar symptoms, but those related to mood are more pronounced. They may include:

• Extreme fatigue

• Feeling sad, hopeless, or self-critical

• Severe feelings of stress or anxi...

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7 Most Common Types of Depression (Part 2)

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:35 PM

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder characterized by periods of abnormally elevated mood known as mania. These periods of A major can be mild (hypomania) or they can be so extreme as to cause marked impairment with a person's life, require hospitalization, or affect a person's sense of reality. The vast majority of those with bipolar illness also have episodes of major depression.

In addition to depressed mood and markedly diminished interest in activities, people...

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7 Most Common Types of Depression (Part 1)

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:30 PM

We are going to break this down into 3 posts. The function of this is primarily informative, and therefore will not contain information that is not concise and specific. When we talk about the definitions of diagnoses within the category of depression, it is important to remain clear. Many of these terms are tossed around and misused, leading to a dangerously causual way of talking about the specific needs of people that are suffering. At the same time, many of you may read the different ...

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Symptoms, Re-Explained

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:30 PM

After reading the last post that defined the clinical symptoms of depression, you may be left with questions and uncertainty. Many people will report to their doctors or clinicians that they have some symptoms but not many, and that their symptoms are not present daily, but have more days with symptoms than without. What this means is that you are probably in the early stages of depression. Depression is an illness that can start small and grow, especially if ignored. This is where I tell...

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What Are The Signs & Symptoms of Depression?

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:30 PM

According to the American Psychiatric Association:

Depression is diagnosed if a person experiences:

Persistent feelings of sadness or anxiety, and/ or loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities.

These first two symptoms must be present for at least two consecutive weeks.

Additionally, five or more of the following symptoms must be present for at least 2 consecutive weeks:

• Changes in appetite that result in weight losses or gains not related to ...

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What is depression?

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:30 PM

We have all heard the term “depression” used frequently in our daily lives. “Maybe mom is depressed.” “I don’t know why she just doesn’t snap out of it!” How many times do you hear someone categorize someone else (or maybe you have even categorized yourself) as “depressed”? “I’m just a little depressed today.”

What is the difference between depression as a transitory mood versus depression as a more chronic i...

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Depression Awareness Month

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:25 PM

In honor of October being Depression Awareness month, we are going to dedicate our October blog series to the topic of depression. Depression is the most common form of mental health illness, yet it is one of the most misunderstood. We hope that during the month we will be able to define what depression really is, give different symptoms and ways that depression can present (because it can look different for all of us), offer resources and skills to help navigate and manage depression, educ...

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Posted on September 4, 2018 at 4:55 PM

Hopefully this month you learned a few things. If there was anything I would want you to feel at the end of this series it is that you are normal! People come into my office all of the time and ask me that simple question: Am I normal? The challenges that we face as parents are similar. Although the details may be different for some of us, the underlying stress that it creates is alike. So I want to close this September series out with one last idea for you to keep in mind; it is all abou...

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Parenting Survival Rule # 5- Handling Financial Stress

Posted on September 4, 2018 at 4:50 PM

How appropriate that we finish the series with talking about the financial stress of back to school. Every year, I am taken back by the magnitude of needs to just go to school. Clothes, shoes, backpacks, supplies, and that’s just the needs of an elementary level student. Depending on what you have determined as the best situation for your family, you could be adding tuition costs, school fees, lunch, computers…. The list could go on and on. When I think about all of the financ...

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Parenting Survival Rule # 4- Just Say No!

Posted on September 4, 2018 at 4:05 PM

We can thank the former First Lady Nancy Reagan for the iconic phrase intended for a solution to the drug crisis of the 1980’s. To be honest, the campaign was centered on a great idea, but lacked tangible understanding towards a solution for a bigger problem. So, here we are, most of us children of the 80’s, with a slap-stick use of the phrase, but no real application because “it’s not that easy” is the most common response to simplistic solutions that lack tan...

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