History of Depression
Different factors of depression have been known in the medical field way back the ancient times. It is widely known before as melancholia. It is a term derived from two Greek words, “melas” and “khole”. However, Adolph Meyer, a Swiss psychiatrist proposes to rename melancholia into depression.
Throughout the 20th century, the understanding of depression began to spread worldwide. The medical society recently recognizes the different types of depression including the potential causes and factors of depression.
Here are some of the most common types of depression:
Major Depressive Disorder
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is the most common form. This condition can cause emotional stress and physical exhaustion. Men often manifests poor interest, loss of appetite and erection problems. They are more likely to experience depression and erectile dysfunction.
Major depression predisposes men to erectile dysfunction (ED). However, there are other catastrophic events that result to ED and depression.
Dysthymia or Dysthymic Disorder
Dysthymia is a chronic form of depression often characterized by mild depression for almost two years. People with dysthymia report less depression than those with major depressive disorder. Furthermore, they are relatively functional in managing depression and erectile dysfunction.
Although, serious symptoms of dysthymia can cause distress and interfere role responsibilities. Patients with dysthymia often respond well to psychotherapy and antidepressant drugs.
Manic Depression or Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is a complex mood disorder often as a result of alternating periods of depression and mania. This episodic mood swings can result to suicidal threats, broken relationships, erection problems and substance abuse.
Familial history is one of the chief factors of manic depression. Manic patients are impulsive and often form grandiose thoughts. They have loss of self-control and further resist receiving treatments.
Atypical depression (depression with atypical features or DSM) differs from MDD in terms of causes of depression. DSM is a type of depression often associated with hypersomnia. Also, atypical depression is characterized by improving behavior in response to a positive atmosphere.
There are several symptoms of DSM including fatigue, oversleeping, excessive eating and weight gain. Atypical depression can last for months when left untreated.
Depression is a serious condition that requires counseling with a psychiatrist. Almost 60% of suicides are results of major depression and poor sexual drive. Therefore, early diagnosis and prompt treatment of ED and depression is necessary.