Depression Testing and Assessment by Psychologists In London and Throughout the UK
There are many different types of depression. As experts in the assessment of depression we are skilled in testing and assessing depression and the other conditions that it often occurs with such as Dysleixa, ADHD, anxiety and learning disability. The symptoms of depression affect people differently. The most common types of depression are are considered, and a depression test can be downloaded to help you determine if you are depressed.
Types of Depression
There are several types of depression, some of which are listed below.
Mild depression has a limited negative effect on one’s daily life. For instance, there might be difficulty concentrating in the workplace.
Has a significant impact on the persons day-to-day activities such as eating, sleeping or hygiene.
Bi-polar I Disorder
This is characterised by mood swings from extreme - from highs in a manic episode, where the person has inflated self-esteem, little need for sleep, is talkative, distractible, may engage in activities that are harmful such as shopping sprees, unsafe sex or poor business decisions. This is often followed by feelings of intense sadness, weight loss, inability to think, feelings of worthlessness, and thoughts of death. There may be psychotic features present.
Post-natal depression lasts longer than baby blues and is more severe. Some mothers feel totally unable to cope and inadequate. Some mothers may find it difficult to bond with their child and may feel negatively about it. They can have difficulty sleeping, experience panic attacks and fear death. It is more intense than baby blues and lasts longer.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
People that are affected with SAD are typically significantly more depressed between winter and spring. SAD can impact on sleeping and eating patterns.
Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)
This is characterised by depression that lasts for at least two years. Any break is for less than two months. There has never been a manic or hypomanic episode.
Substance/Medication Induced Depressive Disorder
This is defined as a persistent disturbance in mood that has developed soon after taking or withdrawing from drugs or medication which cannot be explained by a naturally occurring depressive disorder.
Disruptive Mood Disregulation Disorder
This is characterised by severe temper outbursts that are out of keeping with the situation or provocation, and inconsistent with age. These outbursts might occur at least three or more times per week for at least 12 months.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
PMDD is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). When the symptoms of PMS are very severe a diagnosis of PMDD might be made. Although PMDD is technically not a form of depression, depression is a key symptom of PMDD.
The depression test is used widely in the NHS
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