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Re: Different types of depression jono_in_adelaide

Posted by SLS on September 12, 2012, at 3:16:16

In reply to Re: Different types of depression, posted by jono_in_adelaide on September 11, 2012, at 22:22:08

> Well, I'm not an expert, and the guy who wrote that stuff is, but I'd say that mild or neurotic depression presents with low mood, anxiety, lack of pleasure etc, all mental symptoms, and that melancholic depression presents with some or all of these PLUS psychomotor retardation, early morning awakening etc.
> I dont suppose the lines are totaly clear, there are a lot of shades of grey in there, but it struck me as a reasonable explenation that was technical enough to be of use while being simple enough for a layman to understand.

If nothing else, the article has heuristic value. It provides a model that can be used to compare the relative contributions of the different monoamines to each subtype of depression. This might not be sufficient to fully explain depression. It relies on the monoamine theory. The model does not take into account some of the more recent data and theories, but it at least demonstrates the interplay between different systems and pathways that are variable enough to allow for the presentation of pathological mental states.

Here's one they forgot: bipolar depression. It occurs to me that this type of depression presents as a hybrid of atypical and melancholic symptomatology: anergia, anhedonia, psychomotor retardation, reverse vegetative symptoms, impaired memory and congnition, rumination, slow-thinking, increased appetite, hypersomnia, weight-gain, non-reactive mood, reduced symptom severity in the morning and a worsening by afternoon, flat affect. It looks a lot like the "deficit syndrome" in schizophrenia.

- Scott

Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.

- George Bernard Shaw




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