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Atypical depression refers to a type of depression that can have symptoms that are very similar to those of major depression, although it does not have the number of symptoms required for a diagnosis of major depression. This type of depression usually starts in the teenage years and is more common in women than in men.
What are the symptoms of Atypical depression?
• An increased appetite with unintentional weight gain
• An increased desire to sleep for usually more than 10 hours a day (Hypersomnia)
• Depression that is short term and lifts when you're all cheered up by good news but returns to a low later
• Heaviness in arms and legs that lasts an hour or more in a day (Leaden paralysis)
• Difficulty maintaining long term relationships due to sensitivity to criticism or rejection which affects one's relationships, social life or job
What causes Atypical depression?
Atypical depression is thought to be the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain. These chemicals are called neurotransmitters, and facilitate communication between brain cells. Dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine are some such chemicals. The exact cause of depression is unknown, but one may be at an increased risk of developing depression if the person has the following:
• A family history of depression
• A significant loss such as divorce or death of a loved one
• Physical, sexual or emotional abuse
• Having a serious illness such as stroke, HIV, heart disease or cancer
• Being isolated from family, friends or other social groups
• Drug or alcohol abuse
• Interpersonal conflicts
Note: Depression may get worse if it isn't treated. Untreated depression can lead to other mental and physical health problems or problems in other areas of your life.
Please contact your doctor today if you're feeling depressed and you're unable to cope with it!