Depressive Illnesses

Although we may use the word "depression" in conversation as a synonym for having a "case of the blues," real depression is, in fact, very serious. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), research indicates that many kinds of depression are caused by an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain.

The American Medical Association (AMA) says depression is one of the "most common, most dangerous and most treatable" of diseases. Symptoms of depressive disorders (also called affective disorders) vary from person to person, but can include:

  • persistent sadness or emptiness
  • feelings of despair, worthlessness, hopelessness or guilt
  • inability to enjoy everyday activities, even ones that used to cause pleasure
  • chronic insomnia, tiredness, or oversleeping
  • thoughts of death or suicide
  • problems concentrating or remembering things

Types of depression

Reactive | Major | Bipolar | Cyclothymia | SAD | Postpartum | Dysthymia

NIMH says over 15 million Americans suffer from depressive illnesses. Symptoms of depression can begin at any age. Depression can strike anyone, although some people may be more genetically at risk of depressive disorders. Depression also affects women more than men. In addition, there are different types of depression:

  • Reactive depression
  • Major depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Cyclothymia
  • Postpartum depression
  • Seniors and depression
  • Dysthymia
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

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For Depression treatment and care, call Glens Falls Hospital 518.926.1000.