As with other types of illnesses, depression can take shape in many different forms. Some of the most common types of depression are:
-Major Depression: This is the type of depression that affects all aspects of your life. Work, hobbies, sleep and even your eating habits. Episodes of this type of depression can last anywhere from months to years.
-Dysthymia: This low intensity mood disorder has less severe symptoms than major depression. Even though dysthymia is not totally disabling, it can last for longer periods of time.
-Bi-Polar: This is far less common than the other types of depression and marked by cycles of intense highs and lows.
Other types of depression can include: Postpartum Depression, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, and Seasonal Affective Disorder.