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 Depression  Holistic-online.com

Types of Major Depression

Depression with Atypical Features

Depression with atypical features is distinguished by the fact that the characteristic pattern of symptoms is just the exact opposite of what was described for the melancholic type.

The sufferers of depression with atypical features will respond to negative or positive external events. They will feel deeply depressed or somewhat hopeful depending on the latest situation they are faced with. Their mood will brighten considerably when dining out with friends or enjoying a good movie. But when they are alone, their mood will slip back into the dark depths of depression.

This type of depression usually follows an interpersonal rejection by a lover, boss, or close friend.
People with atypical depression tend to overeat and oversleep, whereas people with melancholia often are characterized by weight loss and insomnia.

People with atypical depression feel paralyzed or too tired to get out of bed. Chocolate is particularly important as a comfort food.

Treatment

Useful: 

bullet Serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) like Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, or Luvox 
bulletMonamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) like Nardil or Parnate. 
bullet Psychotherapy can also be useful.

Not Useful: Tricyclic antidepressants.

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