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A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there specific types of depression?

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Yes: People experience depression differently and there are different types such as "atypical", "melancholic", "treatment resistant", "recurrent", or "psychotic" among others. Some are recognized formally in the dsm-iv and some are not. Each may have different treatment approaches, however.
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 years experience
Yes: Some of the types are: major depression-single episode or recurrent, mild, moderate or severe, with or without psychosis; dysthymia; adjustment disorder with depressed mood; bipolar disorder-most recent episode depressed; schizoaffective disorder-depressed type; cyclothymia; bipolar ii disorder; depression due to a physical problem such as hypothyroidism and postpartum depression.
Dr. Kevin Passer
undefined 36 years experience
Provided original answer
Thanks Dr. Ali. I was afraid I may have not remembered all of the different types. like Depression Not Otherwise Specified, as you mentioned, also known as Atypical Depression.
Sep 7, 2012
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali commented
Psychiatry 33 years experience
My pleasure Dr. Passer.
Sep 7, 2012
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Depression: Agree with dr. Passer. Also, depression that does not fit any previous categories, called depression nos (not otherwise specified).
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Depression: Agree with dr. Passer. Also, depression that does not fit any of the above classifications is termed depression nos (not otherwise specified).

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