Mental Health

How Agitated Depression Is Different From Typical Depression

There are many different forms of clinical depression, including agitated depression. Though the names and some of the symptoms may appear similar, it is important to distinguish between major depression, agitated depression and other clinical disorders because their treatments vary significantly. What Does Typical Depression Look Like? Depression is an exceedingly common condition that causes depressed mood, feelings of helplessness, fatigue, sleep disturbance and even suicidal thoughts or behaviors. Individuals who suffer from typical major depression are consistently down in their mood and affect. They often appear to have no energy and report feeling empty without knowing why. These symptoms must last at least two weeks for a diagnosis of major depressive disorder, but they often last much longer. Treatment for major depressive disorder involves cognitive behavioral therapy and, in many cases, antidepressant medication. What Does Agitated Depression Look Like? While similar to major depression, agitated depression presents unique challenges. Agitated depression has been confused with other depressive conditions, including “mixed” depression and “unipolar” depression. People who suffer from agitated depression will experience the same collection of symptoms as major depression, but they will also experience symptoms similar to hypomania or mania. These symptoms may include: Increased energy Reduced need...

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