There are a number of different types of depression, Chronic Depression (Dsythymia) and MDD (Major Depressive Disorder) are the most common. I’ve tried to list the most common ones, and how you might know which one you have.
Chronic Depression (Dysthymia)
Essentially, this is long term (chronic) depression. This is less severe than major depression but symptoms can linger for a long period of time sometimes years if you haven’t dealt with it correctly. If you’re constantly feeling sad, dont really take pleasure in anything anymore and notice a change in weight (amongst a few other things), you may have chronic depression.
MDD (Major Depressive Disorder)
If you have MDD you probably feel like you are in a constant state of despair. It can be really really hard to work, eat, sleep, spend time with friends, enjoy activities and life in general. Clinical depression can be a re-occuring condition or you can have it once in your life. It often can start after something major happens, as an adult or during their childhood.
After you’ve had a baby (for women only) your hormone levels drop and because of this you can experience depression. It is a complex mix of different emotional, behavioral and physical reactions your body is having after giving birth.
Closely related to seasonal affective disorder, seasonal depression happens (most often) when the clocks turn back and it gets darker outside earlier on. I’ve felt this a few times before, I find the onsets are generally when I’m working all day and leave the office to find it dark again. .. I feel like I’m missing out on life. I’m almost positive this is the same thing as Seasonal Affective Disorder.
For the most part, this is the same as major depression however there are a few symptoms that you aren’t showing that means you can’t technically be diagnosed with MDD.
At the end of the day …. I don’t think it really matters what type of depression you have. You feel like crap and it is really really hard to deal with (especially feeling this way).