Depressive Disorders Suffering From Depression After a Catastrophic Accident?

Trauma Induced Depressive Disorders

Dysthymia, Psychotic Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and More

A depressive disorder is a clinical illness that involves physical, emotional and psychological symptoms. Depressive disorders range in severity, but can negatively impact the normal functioning of daily life. Some types of depression run in families, while other forms of depression seem to be triggered by external events or traumas. Certain medications, including some used to treat high blood pressure, seizures, severe pain, and even cancer, can cause depression as a side effect.

Some of the most common types of depressive disorders include:

  • Major Depression: Manifested by a number of symptoms, all of which combine to interfere with a person's ability to work, study, sleep, eat, or enjoy activities that once gave him or her pleasure. An episode of major depression may prove to be a one-time occurrence in a person's life or may continue to occur repeatedly.
  • Dysthymic Disorder (Dysthymia): Mild depressive symptoms that last in excess of two years. These symptoms do not disable, but do impede normal function and feelings of well-being.
  • Psychotic Depression: Severe depressive illness accompanied by psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and or delusions.
  • Postpartum Depression: A depressive condition which a new mother develops within one month of delivering a child.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder: The onset of a depressive illness during winter months, when less natural light is present. Depression generally lifts with the approach of spring and summer.
  • Bipolar Disorder: Characterized by cycling mood changes that range from severe highs to extreme lows.

Are You Battling Trauma Induced Depression?

Depressive disorders are serious conditions which usually require medical treatment for a sufferer's condition to improve. While some depressive disorders can be treated with therapy, individuals suffering from more serious conditions will likely need to take prescription medication to treat their symptoms. Treatments take time and even with appropriate medical care, individuals may take months or years to show signs of improvement. If you or a loved one is suffering from a trauma induced physiological disorder, such as depression, caused by the negligent actions of others, you may be entitled to compensation.

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