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What Are the Different Types of Depression?

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Many people suffering from depression try to cope with their symptoms on their own. However, depression is a serious mental health problem that requires compassionate treatment by a professional at a community hospital. If you feel you could be suffering from one of the many types of depression, reach out to your community hospital today to learn about your treatment options. The mental health specialists at your hospital may diagnose you with one of the following types of depression.

Major Depression

Major depression, or clinical depression, is defined as persistent, intense symptoms that interfere with normal functioning and are present daily for at least two weeks. Major depression can involve a range of emotional symptoms, such as feelings of worthlessness, thoughts of suicide or death, and the loss of interest in activities and social connections. Major depression often causes physical symptoms, such as sudden and significant weight loss or gain, in addition to insomnia or hypersomnia, impaired concentration, and slowed movements.


Dysthymia is often referred to as low-grade depression. It involves symptoms similar to those found in people with major depression; however, the symptoms are typically milder. Unlike major depression, the symptoms tend to last for a much longer time – at least two years. Sometimes those with dysthymia experience episodes of major depression.

Postpartum Depression

After bringing a new baby home from the hospital, many mothers experience the baby blues. This is perfectly normal. However, if symptoms do not diminish within a few weeks, or if they become worse, new moms should go back to the hospital to discuss the possibility of postpartum depression. Postpartum depression can involve symptoms such as insomnia, mood swings, lack of energy, and the lack of interest in the baby.

The compassionate mental health providers of Memorial Hospital of Tampa take a team approach to creating individualized treatment plans for those suffering from depression and other mental illnesses. For those who require inpatient care, our community hospital provides a secure 32-bed unit staffed by caring professionals. For a referral to a mental health professional, residents throughout Tampa can call our community hospital at (813) 873-6400.


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