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Depression is a complex mood disorder that affects how a person feels, thinks, and manages daily activities. Characterised by a persistent sense of despair and a lack of interest in previously enjoyable activities, depression can significantly disrupt one's life.

Unlike typical sadness or grief, depression lingers. It typically persists every day for at least two weeks and is accompanied by various symptoms like challenges in thinking, memory, eating, and sleeping.

Depression can impact anyone, irrespective of age or gender. There are also different types of depression, with clinical depression or major depressive disorder being the most common.

Untreated depression can worsen over time. However, with proper treatment, the symptoms of depression can be significantly improved, leading to a higher quality of life.

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If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, know that help is available. Our clinic in London offers comprehensive support and treatment for depression. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with our caring professionals, who can guide you towards recovery and wellness.

Types of Depression

There are several different types of depression. These include:

Clinical Depression (Major Depressive Disorder)

This is the most common form, distinguished by persistent sadness, low mood, and a loss of interest in activities for at least two weeks. Sleep disturbances, appetite changes, and feelings of worthlessness are also widely experienced.

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Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD)

PDD is a milder but chronic form of depression. While symptoms are less intense than major depression, their long-term presence can impact a person's day-to-day activities, relationships, and quality of life.

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Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)

Primarily diagnosed in children and adolescents, DMDD involves chronic irritability and frequent explosive anger outbursts, typically starting before age 10.

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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

This condition combines severe premenstrual mood swings with intense depression, anxiety, and irritability. Symptoms improve after menstruation but can significantly disrupt daily life.

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Depression Due to Another Medical Condition

Certain medical conditions—like hypothyroidism or chronic pain—can trigger depression. Treating the underlying disease often alleviates depression symptoms.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

A more subtype of major depression linked to seasonal changes, SAD typically occurs during fall and winter and subsides in spring and summer.

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Prenatal & Postnatal Depression

These forms of major depression occur during pregnancy or within four weeks after childbirth. Both require specialised care and support.

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Atypical Depression

This subtype of major depression differs slightly, with mood improvement in response to positive events and additional symptoms like increased appetite and sensitivity to rejection.

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