Depression is a word that may mean many different things. Depression may be used in reference to suicidal thoughts, physical signs and symptoms, delusions, a passing mood of sadness or discouragement or a condition of inconsolable misery. Learn about Neurotic Depression and find out if you qualify for disability benefits.
Depression may be regarded as a clinical condition. This is when it lasts long enough or is serious enough to disrupt your family life, social life and/or work or your physical health.
Neurotic depression is one of the types of depression. Neurotic depression is a chronic form of depression.
Neurotic depression is referred to in other ways. It is also known as chronic depression, dysthymic disorder, depression – chronic and dysthymia.
Neurotic depression is characterized by your moods being consistently low. Most of the time, however, the signs and symptoms of neurotic depression are regarded as being fewer and not as serious as those of major depressive disorder. On the other hand, the signs and symptoms of neurotic depression continue for a longer period of time than those that are an indication of major depressive disorder.
It is possible that you may also have an episode of major depressive disorder if you are afflicted with neurotic depression. When this is true, you may move from neurotic depression to major depressive disorder and back to neurotic depression. This is known as double depression.
Nearly 11 million people who are age 18 or older in the United States have chronic depression according to the National Institute of Mental Health. It is also stated by The National Institute of Mental Health that nearly 19 million people over the age of 18 have major depression.
Neurotic depression can begin at any age of life. It usually starts at an earlier time than major depressive disorder.
The specific cause of neurotic depression has not yet been discovered. Neurotic depression does tend to run in families. It is more common in women than it is in men, and as much as 5% of the population of the United States are affected by neurotic depression.
In many cases, if you have neurotic depression, you may also have a chronic (ongoing) medical condition or some other kind of mental health difficulty like drug addiction, anxiety or alcohol abuse. There is also about a 50% chance that you will have an episode of major depression at some time in your life.
Signs that you might have neurotic depression
Most of the signs and symptoms of neurotic depression are the same as those of major depressive disorder. The difference is that they are not as severe and are more chronic in nature than those of major depressive disorder. Some of the signs and symptoms are:
- Feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness
- Changes in your appetite
- A loss of interest in things that used to bring you pleasure, which includes sex
- A sad and blue mood
- Difficulty and indecisiveness with concentrating
- Changes that occur in your sleeping habits
- A loss of energy and fatigue
- Low self-esteem.
These signs and symptoms never seem to leave for more than a day or two before returning.