Depression affects roughly 10% of U.S. adults at some point in their lives. There are several different types of clinical depression or depressive disorders that can be diagnosed and treated, as well as a short-term, more transitory type called “situational depression.”
Divorce is a common occurrence in our culture and with it comes a great deal of upheaval for families. Children are the most vulnerable, and as they grow, their chances of becoming depressed increase. In fact, studies show that children whose parents divorced by age 15 experience a sharp increase in symptoms of depression, as compared to teens whose families were intact.
Empty nest syndrome is a feeling of sadness or loss some parents experience when the last child leaves home. It doesn’t happen to all parents; in fact, some actually feel relieved or liberated when there are no more children at home. But for parents whose lives have revolved around their children, particularly if they are single parents or had only one child, becoming an empty nester can be deeply painful.
Atypical depression is the name for a specific form of major depression (major depressive disorder). Doctors and mental health experts call it “atypical” because it produces certain symptoms that differ from those normally associated with depression.
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