Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses that can occur in anyone, regardless of age, gender or social status. Researchers recently identified a new subtype of depression that can affect up to 27% of patients. Let’s talk about what this type of depression is, what symptoms it has, and how to deal with it.
What is a new subtype of depression?
Researchers at the University of York have discovered a new subtype of depression, which they have called “atypical depression. It differs from typical depression in that patients with this subtype have certain symptoms that are not characteristic of normal depression.
What are the symptoms of atypical depression?
Symptoms of atypical depression may include:
– Increased appetite;
– increased need for sleep;
– a feeling of heaviness in the extremities;
– Increased sensitivity to criticism or rejection.
How to cope with atypical depression?
Treatment for atypical depression may include the use of antidepressants such as serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors. Psychotherapy may also be helpful to help patients improve their relationships and learn to cope with stress.
Dr. Harrison Popp of the University of California says, “Atypical depression is an important subtype of depression to consider in diagnosis and treatment. Our work will help physicians more accurately identify this subtype and provide patients with the most effective treatment.”
Depression has been known since antiquity. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, described it as “melancholy.” In the Middle Ages depression was associated with devilish influence, and was treated by exorcism. Only in the nineteenth century did it come to be regarded as a medical problem.