Psychiatry Associates Blog

Beyond Major Depressive Disorder: 5 Other Types of Depression

Everyone is familiar with the concept of depression, and many have experienced it firsthand.  Estimates state that as many as 15 percent of adults will suffer from depression at some point in their lives.  Still, despite its prevalence, there is a lot about depression that many do not understand.  When, how, and why depression strikes can look vastly different from one patient to the next, largely based on the specific type they are battling.  Unbeknownst to a large portion of Americans, there are actually several forms of depression outside of the well-known Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), including the following five.

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Persistent Depressive Disorder: When Depression Hides in Plain Sight

Picture someone who is depressed.  What do you see?  You may envision someone who looks tired and unkempt.  Perhaps they are crying and struggling to get out of bed.  This is the image of depression that has been projected for decades.  Depression is supposed to be a major disruption of someone’s life, a drastic shift from who they normally are, right?  In the case of major depressive disorder or a depressive phase of bipolar disorder, these images may be somewhat accurate.  However, depression is a chameleon, and it can look and feel different in nearly every individual.  In some cases, this means that spotting the signs of depression is far more difficult than we would like to believe.

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At-Home Depression Treatment Tips for Baton Rouge

As 2017 continues and we begin to settle back into our day-to-day lives, it is vital that we commit ourselves daily to mental health and self-care, especially if you struggle with depression. Easier said than done, right?

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Autumnal Blues: Treating Seasonal Depression and Anxiety in Baton Rouge

Maybe it’s the rain. The chill in the air. Or, maybe, it’s the reduced sunlight exposure that accompanies the shortened days of fall and winter. If you’re one of the many people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the colder months are more likely to be filled with anxiety and depression than jolly and cheer. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, SAD is a form of depression that recurs seasonally—either in the winter or summer. If you’re struggling with SAD, depressive episodes occur more frequently—nearly every day—during the coinciding season.

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5 Facts About Major Depressive Disorder

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Common Roadblocks to Depression Treatment in Baton Rouge

The road to depression management is a long, arduous journey. But if you’re encountering these roadblocks, the detours can become too discouraging to continue. Learn more about these roadblocks and talk to your counselor today about how to navigate back to your road.

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4 Non-Chemical Anti-Depression Treatments for Baton Rouge Residents

As the days get longer and the sun shines brighter, some Baton Rouge residents may be realizing that their depressed moods were the effect of the wintry days, torrential rains, and overcast skies that have been plaguing Louisiana over the past few months.

But for the many Louisianans who have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder, you know that a change in season isn’t enough to banish the ills. You’ve discussed chemical anti-depressants with your doctor. You’ve tried one. Or two. Or ten. But none of the medications are working. At least, not for very long.

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Am I Suffering From Depression?

Honestly asking yourself questions about mental health can be one of the toughest things a person has to do. Whether it is during a walk around the LSU lakes or at the Baton Rouge soccer fields, these questions may take over your mind when you least expect them. It is important to be armed with the right information in order to face these questions head on. Generally, you can rationalize, justify, or explain away anything you don't want to face. Unfortunately, taking this approach only delays the realization that you may not be able to tackle this alone. 

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Depression Treatment: What Makes Brainsway So Different?

The holidays are approaching, and with them come many favorite and special memories. Think about the first morning of hunting season, the traditional tailgate before the LSU/A&M football game, Thanksgiving dinner with your loved ones, and the smiling faces of your children or grandchildren on Christmas morning. Battling depression can prevent you from creating more wonderful memories during the holiday season. 

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Brainsway: A New Era in Depression Treatment for Baton Rouge

Depression can creep in slowly, settling in and making itself at home before most patients are ever aware of its existence.  It’s complex and all-encompassing, robbing its victims of the ability to find joy and making them feel isolated.  It can take away Baton Rouge residents’ desire and enjoyment in life activities such as LSU Tailgating events or at the LIVE At FIVE festival. If you live in Baton Rouge and suffer from depression, you’ve likely experienced similar circumstances.  

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