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Atypical Depression

“Atypical” is a curious name for what is by far the most common form of major depression. In terms of the number of outpatient diagnoses, atypical depression is a rather typical form of depression. The name is meant to indicate not the number of people afflicted, however, but the atypical affects of this depression type. In other words, people with atypical depression express and exhibit symptoms somewhat different, i.e. atypical, from other forms of depression: significant weight gain instead of weight loss, over-sleep instead of insomnia, lethargy, and over-sensitivity to rejection.

People suffering from atypical depression can seek help through outpatient therapy sessions with a credentialed psychologist or therapist. A 1999 study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry (Jarrett et al) indicated that such cognitive approaches worked as well as medications in around 60 percent of patients studied. In addition to cognitive approaches, there are a number of drugs psychiatrists can prescribe to treat atypical depression. While medication can cause concern regarding side effects, there is ongoing development of pharmaceuticals with minimal risk. The most common form of treatment is a combination of both medication and talking therapy.

Those who suffer from atypical depression should know that they are not alone and that there is a viable support network and a number of treatment choices to aid in their struggle. Depression is a common mental illness, and whether you find them online or through your therapist or a friend, there is someone out there worth talking to who has been through a similar struggle. And while depression and its treatment is a struggle, many who recover claim to come out the other end with an irrepressible strength and indomitable spirit.