Atypical Depression is a type of depression that has symptoms like the Major depression or Dysthymia. However in Atypical Depression the person suffering from it may feel short periods of improved mood if some event happens that is pleasurable to the person, before returning back to the depressed mood. Atypical Depression is four times more common in women than in men and occurs at a younger age.
The condition is also more common amongst single people rather than the married ones or those who have a partner. People who are suffering from Atypical Depression may also go through severe bouts of Panic Attacks, and at times this type of depression can be more pronounced than all others.
If you are feeling depressed and want to find out if the condition is Atypical Depression, then identify the following signs in your own behavior.
1. Increase in appetite
2. Increase in weight about 5-7% of total weight within a period of a month
3. Increased sensitivity to rejection resulting in poor relationships at personal or work front.
4. General feeling of sadness that lifts for some time when something good happens
5. Excessive sleepiness
6. Fatigue/ General Loss of energy
7. Problems in Concentrating
8. Thoughts of committing suicide
9. Leaden Paralysis
Despite its name, Atypical Depression is a fairly common condition and affects more women than men. In more cases than not, Atypical Depression may attack you if you have had a previous history of depressive condition during your younger age and/or if you have a genetic history of people in your family or relatives who have undergone suicidal or depressive tendencies.
Because of its specific characteristics and symptoms, Atypical Depression has been often misdiagnosed and treated for other conditions. The presence of fatigue as a symptom often makes the diagnosis of Atypical Depression to be a condition of chronic fatigue. The condition of Atypical Depression lasts for a longer time in patients, sometimes as long as ten years.
Hence many a times this condition is misdiagnosed as a Personality Disorder rather than a depression. At other times Atypical Depression may also be misdiagnosed as neurosis. This makes it difficult for people suffering from this condition and go through a prolonged period of ne treatment for their suffering.
If you have been diagnosed with Atypical Depression seek immediate medical help as treatment of Atypical depression can be done with proper medication or antidepressants. The tricyclic antidepressants do not bring the desired response in sufferers. However MAOIs and SSRIs have been used as effective treatments.
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