Agitated Symptoms of Depression

Agitated Symptoms of DepressionAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 out of every 10 Americans suffers from some type of depression. More statistics from the CDC’s 2010 study can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/dsDepression/.

Many people see their daily life affected by the symptoms of depression, which may include the following:

  • A persistent state of sadness
  • A loss of interest in activities that once were enjoyable
  • Sleep disorders
  • Suicidal behaviors
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Lack of energy or any kind of motivation

Depression can appear in different forms with varying symptoms. For example, depression can occur as mixed state (agitated depression) and atypical depression.

Mixed State (Agitated Depression)

The kind of depression known as agitated depression appears with its own specific symptoms, which are not too difficult to categorize and diagnose. Mixed state depression is a mix of mania and depression features and includes the following:

  • A major depressive episode
  • Racing thoughts
  • Inner tension and motor agitation (constant movement)

The following are the most common symptoms of mixed state depression:

  • Out of control rage and anger
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness with anxiety
  • The need to be in constant movement
  • A severe form of melancholia
  • Persecutory delusions and hallucinations

In some susceptible patients, mixed state depression can be triggered by drug or alcohol abuse or by some antidepressant drugs. Mood stabilizers are the main form of treatment when an episode occurs. When agitated depression is under control, psychotherapy can be useful to help aid a full recovery. A person is more susceptible to substance abuse and addiction when struggling with the problematic symptoms of agitated depression.

Atypical Depression

Atypical depression is another form in which depression appears. Like agitated depression, this disorder comes with its own specific characteristics. In some cases, people with atypical depression develop fewer symptoms than individuals with major depression. Also, a positive event in the life of someone with atypical depression will cause a mood improvement while the mood will remain the same in most cases of typical depression. Along with mood reactivity, some of these symptoms must be present for an accurate diagnosis of atypical depression:

  • Weight gain due to increased appetite
  • Sleep disorders, such as excessive sleep, which is called hypersomnia
  • A feeling of being burdened
  • A lack of energy and fatigue
  • Fears of and strong reactions to interpersonal rejection
  • The development of drug or alcohol abuse

Addiction must not be taken lightly when a person is trying to cope with depression. Action must be taken to avoid the many serious consequences.

Help in Overcoming Depression and Addiction

Both depression and addiction can be successfully treated for a full recovery. If you need more information on treatments and ways in which you or someone close to you can cope with depression and addiction, please call our toll-free helpline.

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