As you know there are varying degrees or depths of depression. This can be very light to very severe. We will take a brief look at just a few types of Depression and then we will go over the treatment methods available. I think a little understanding of depression must help understand the severe depression treatment method.
Bipolar depression is and also known as manic depression or manic depressive disorder. Cyclothymia is another chronic mood disorder and is a lower form of bipolar disorder. Postpartum depression generally presents itself from several weeks to several months after delivery. In a more severe case, postpartum psychosis can develop where self-destructive thoughts occur.
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Other disorders are called seasonal affective disorders and some kind of "cabin fever". Someone with this disorder will experience changes in sleep and eating. They may be depressed and lethargic and/or have cravings for candy and starch. This is thought to be related to how much sunlight you are exposed to.
Severe depression treatments are available. We will look at a few of them below.
Psychotherapy in its various forms is also called talk therapy and deals with relationships, thinking patterns, and effects of unresolved childhood events on the individual as an adult.
Antidepressants are classes of medications that are designed or to have the brain more efficiently use these chemicals.
Light Therapy is an attempt to mimic sunlight in either lightboxes or specially designed light bulbs. The thinking is if this works it could provide great relief for those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder