What is the difference among minor, moderate and major depression?

There are several levels of depression, and according to the National Institutes of Health(NIH), they include:

  • Major depression – This form of depression includes severe symptoms that can interfere with your work, sleep, eating habit and enjoyment of life. Although some people only experience severe depression once in their lifetimes, there are others who may struggle with it several times in their life.
  • Dysthymic disorder/dysthymia – Also known as a moderate form of depression, the symptoms last a long time – at least two years – but are not as severe as the symptoms of major depression.
  • Minor depression – This form of depression is similar to the others except the symptoms are not as severe and don’t last as long.

Talk to your physician to learn more about the difference between different types of depression.

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