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Major Depression

Psychology has over the years managed to categorize the various types and forms of depression. As the name implies, major depression is considered the most severe. What distinguishes major depression from its less severe counterpart, dysthymic disorder, are not the symptoms but their severity. In general an individual with major depression will experience more than three depression symptoms and will experience these symptoms more intensely. Major depression has a mysterious nature, and while some with the illness develop it over time after years of untreated dysthymic disorder, or suddenly through a traumatic event, others are overwhelmed with this form of depression for no obvious reason at all.

In general, cases of major depression are treated with medication, however most psychiatrists and psychologists agree that such treatment is best when combined with forms of cognitive or behavioral therapies. A lot of research supports cognitive therapy as the most effective form of treatment for major depression. It should be noted that the best possible treatment will vary from one person to the next and will no doubt be the result of trial and error, psychiatric guidance, and personal will.

While the symptoms and affects of any form of depression are difficult to endure; it is vital to remember that treatment can and does work. There is always hope and there is always support for even the most severe cases of major depression as anyone who is or has undergone the same will tell. Treatment and recovery is no easy task, but nobody has to face it forever, nor must they face it alone.