Understanding Depression: The 8 Types Of Depressive Mindsets

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According to mental health experts, those with depression often suffer in silence because of the stigma that it isn’t such a big deal. This mental hell has been misunderstood and misrepresented as a choice when it is actually an illness that needs cure. When left untreated, depression leads to a downward spiral leaving your entire being feeling hopeless, drained, worthless, and ultimately consumed by negative thoughts and perceptions. 


Depression is not just an occasional melancholy, loneliness, and pessimism that people experience at a certain time. Depressive states are usually prolonged and extreme versions of too much sadness. 




Depressive symptoms vary widely, ranging in risky behaviors such as promiscuity and drug use to social isolation. However, anger, anxiety, guilt, shame, sadnesses, loneliness, irritability, and personality changes are always there as the episodes escalate. The symptoms may also range from subtle changes to glaringly obvious displays. 


Here below, the website Apost listed the different depressive states and what they are individually. Find out more about this mental health illness because who knows? You might help a friend who is going through this hell without you even knowing it.


Depressive States 

Just as depression manifests itself differently from individual to individual symptom-wise, it also comes about in its existence very differently for people. Attribution is usually described by depressive states. Here are some of the major depressive states you or someone you know may be experiencing: 



1. Trauma 


Trauma based depressive states are common amongst soldiers returning home with PTSD, or post traumatic stress disorder. The symptoms of PTSD often include flashbacks, nightmares, insomnia, fear, anger, helplessness, loneliness, and anxiety that all attribute to a depressive state of mind. Rape, bullying, kidnapping, hostage, wrecks, and other such crisis events involving trauma often lead the victim into a depressive state of mind following surviving the incident with emotional and mental scarring. 



2. Adjustment 


Adjustment based depressive states occur following big changes in life, and do keep in mind that ‘big’ is a a relative term to each individual’s defining. Divorce and breakups, changing jobs, moving to a new area, or any other impactful change can all require you to adjust to new surroundings and a new way of life. For some, such are overwhelming changes that they have difficulty adjusting to, and it’s these struggles that can spawn a depressive state of mind. 



3. Loss 


Loss based and adjustment based depression often overlap. There’s an intense sadness from the loss encountered by death. Grief is a natural part of loss that runs through a cycle of emotions, eventually reaching a point of acceptance. But, some can’t reach that point of acceptance. Instead they get stalled and lost in the grief phases of sadness and anger. Adjustment is also a part of loss in many cases since the survivor is left to adjust to a life without their deceased loved one. 



4. Melancholic 


This is a prolonged state of sadness without any one specific trigger or state of mind at work. Left unattended, melancholic depressive states can spiral into a very dark place that makes it difficult for you to think rationally. You may experience delusions and paranoia that further prevent a sound state of mind. 



5. Postpartum 


Postpartum based depressive state of mind is unique to women following hormonal changes that occur during and after childbirth. Celebrities experiencing and advocating for awareness has led to it becoming one of the most widely recognized and talked about forms of depression in the eyes of the general public. 



6. Injury / Illness 


For some people, a broken leg is nothing more than a physically painful life experience that will involve a few weeks of sitting around catching up on Netflix. For others, however, a simple broken leg can mean they are unable to care for themselves and kids, lose their job, can’t pay their bills, get evicted, and so forth. 



7. Seasonal 


Seasonal depression is linked to certain times of year bringing about sadness and loneliness. The exact cause or trigger varies. The dreariness, inactivity, and lack of sunshine in the winter and monsoon months may trigger depression for you. Holiday seasons may be a time of joy for most, but, for you, it can just be a reminder of what and/or who isn’t present to celebrate. Summer may be fun in the sun and swimsuits for others, but, for you, it brings about self-esteem issues and isolation. 



8. Personality 


Personality-based depression centers around your identity. If you don’t understand yourself, then who could? You struggle to understand your own thoughts, actions, and emotions that make up your personal identity. As a result of this mental distress, your brain can go into a depressive shutdown and self-destruct mode. 



9. Failure 


This depressive state is based on loss, specifically loss of success. In most cases, success is linked to your career. However, it could be a parenting role that you view as failed. Either way, it’s similar to a mourning state. You view your career, business endeavors, and parenting failures as losses to define who you are and grieve over them. 



10. I’m Fine 



This is the most dangerous depressive state and the most at-risk group for suicide. In most of the above subtypes, the depressed individual has some degree of understanding when it comes to the root of their depression and can admit that they’re at least in a saddened state of mind. The “I’m fine” group denies and buries their depressive state in order to go through the normal and expected motions of daily life. Everything seems fine on the surface, but there’s an undercurrent of emotional and mental turmoil that you feel unable or unwilling to share with others. No one is aware, which only adds to the loneliness and sadness. 


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