Everyone feels sad at some point or another, mostly triggered by events happening in their lives. For most, the feelings of sadness and emptiness pass with time. However, for some people, it can linger, intensify and even dominate their lives, crippling their ability to go through life.
Some people might experience mild and temporary forms of depression, while others go through severe and ongoing depressive episodes. Here are three common types of depression, symptoms that you can look out for and ways to seek help.
1. Major depressive disorder
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a severe form of depression, distinguished by its persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness. According to , it is “characterised by a combination of symptoms that interfere with a person’s cognition, behaviours and emotions.” A 2010 had also found that 5.8% of Singaporeans suffered from MDD at least once in their lifetime.
- Persistent sadness; or feeling down or gloomy
- A loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed
- Weight loss or weight gain; or decrease or increase in appetite
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep; or sleeping excessively
- Feeling agitated or restless
- Feeling tired and lacking the energy
- Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
- Difficulty concentrating or having trouble thinking
- Frequent thoughts of death or suicide
2. Persistent depressive disorder
People with PDD are noted to experience bouts of helplessness, lose interest in daily activities, have low self-esteem, and lack productivity for their work.
3. Postnatal depression
Postnatal depression (PND) refers to depression that happens after childbirth and is a common disorder after pregnancy, affecting . According to HealthHub, PND “often develops within the first few months after giving birth, particularly in the first five weeks. However, it can start at any time during the first year.”
Other than the usual depression symptoms, PND includes negative feelings and irritability towards your baby, a sense of guilt, and physical symptoms such as body ache and general pain.