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Atypical Depression: A Misunderstood Form of Depression

4+ Natural tips to help yourself

Talk Therapy; the medication-less way

Don’t feel quite right? Can’t find an answer to your condition? Don’t give up just yet.

Read on:

Despite its name, atypical depression is not unusual; in fact, it may be one of the most common types of depression- and some doctors even believe it is underdiagnosed.

“This type of depression is less well understood than major depression”, explains Angelos Halaris, MD.  Professor of psychiatry and medical director of adult psychiatry at the Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago.

Unlike major depression, a common sign of atypical depression is a sense of heaviness in the arms and legs- like a form of paralysis.  However, a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry (now known as JAMA Psychiatry) found that oversleeping and overeating are the two most important symptoms for diagnosing atypical depression.  People with this condition may also gain weight, be irritable, and have relationship problems.

Some studies show that talk therapy works well to treat this kind of depression (Chris Illades, MD, medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III MD, MPH,

Talk therapy is what we do.  The team of counselors & therapists do this best.

Want to go it on your own?

Here are 4+ tips for you to try:

  1. Supplements: For instance, some vitamins and herbal supplements are believed to affect mood; however, research on its efficacy is mostly inconclusive, (Always consult your healthcare providers before taking any supplements)
  2. Exercise has been shown to improve mood and alleviate some depression symptoms. (Mayo Clinic)
  3. Yoga and Massage: Many people believe that the body-mind connection is one reason that these can be effective treatments for depression.
  4. Acupuncture and Pet Therapy are others.

(Healthline Editorial Team, http://www.healthline/depression/help-for-depression#TreatmentFacts, medically reviewed by George Krucik MD. MBA December 12, 2013)

Back to Dr. Illades, who says, “Talk Therapy works well to treat this kind of depression”.

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