What Are The Different Types Of, Causes Of, And Treatments For Depression?
Question submitted September 22, 2001: I am very interested in the different forms of depression. Most people diagnosed are told simply that they are “depressed”. Please fill me in on the different types, the causes, and treatments. CyberShrink’s answer posted 9-22-01: The way in which persevering unwanted and unbidden moods have been classified has changed over the years. There was a time when “depression” was considered to be “endogamous”, that is, coming from within the person and long-standing, or “reactive”, that is a reaction to external events or situations. For some time, the American Psychiatric Association, relying on committees composed mainly of psychiatrists but including clinical psychologists and clinical social workers, have attempted to develop an atheoretical, empirical, descriptive list of diagnoses. This attempt has resulted in a succession of editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), currently in its fourth major revised form know