Over eating, Over sleeping and Mood reactivity makes it Atypical depression.
Most types of depression make you to run away from eating or sleeping but this atypical type is the one that makes you to sleep more and to eat more. But it further adds to you the hypersensitivity. For example, you may react rudely when something is happened against your will and thoughts.
Despite of increased desire for eating and sleeping, it is termed as a depression as it makes you to run away from making decisions, concentrating on problems and even from moving physically. Irrespective of its name, atypical depression is present in about one-third of the cases of depression.
It often starts when you are just in your high school. It is more common in girls than in boys. The other features of typical depression like low mood, lack of energy, guilt, lack of confidence are also present. It is the increased sleep, increased appetite, increased weight and mood reactivity that makes it atypical.
No specific medical diagnostic test is preferred, but in some cases autoimmune thyroid dysfunction and an impaired norepinephrine system may serve as indications of atypical depression.
One of the symptoms is increased appetite leading you to be overweight. It makes you feel more sleepy than normal and even sometimes makes it difficult for you to wake up Further, you may feel that your limbs are too much heavy that you cannot even move them.
You can lose happiness in the things that were sometimes enjoyable to you. You may feel fatigue and restless accompanied with loss of energy. You can be sensitive to the rejection of your ideas, but positivity is that you will feel your mood improved when something good happens.
The effect that you are over-sensitive to your thoughts may make it difficult for you to maintain relations because even a little positive criticism may feel very uncomfortable interference to your personal thoughts.
You may also be a victim of hopelessness and even attempt suicide when depressed. You may not have all of the above symptoms but you should go to a psychiatrist for checkup if you have four or five of the symptoms described above.
Treatment Options are Available
Do not worry if you are diagnosed with this atypical form of depression, various treatment options are available. These include psychotherapy as well as medication. Even if you are not wiling for one of these, you can also overcome this by changing your lifestyle.
As far as medication is concerned, it is usually more effective in controlling all of the symptoms. These include the most common Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) such as sertraline, paroxetine, fuoxetine etc. which are normally prescribed by a primary care doctor based on the symptoms associated with you.
Special newer antidepressants are also manufactured which includes trazodone, mirtazapine and a recent update, vilazodone.Common side effects of the medication are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Your primary care doctor may recommend you to take an approved supplement, such as Deplin. Deplin is a supplement containing L-methylfolate, an active form of vitamin B or folic acid. It provides the brain with necessary nutritional support to produce neurotransmitters that affects mood. So it may be prescribed by the doctor to enhance the antidepressant effect. Read more on role of vitamins in depression here.
S-adenosylmethionine (SAM-e) is a poweful supplement for the treatment of depression. It has proved to be effective even in the worst of the depression. Read more on SAM-e here.
Seek Professional Help
Talk to your therapist or psychiatrist. Talk therapy or Psychotherapy can bring a positive change in your thinking and behavior. Sometimes it is more useful to go for psychotherapy along with medication to treat yourself for atypical depression.
ECT and other Brain stimulation techniques
For some cases, a partial or full hospitalization or day treatment are also needed for you to provide support and counseling over controlling your symptoms. Some other treatments include Electroconvulsive therapy (ECP), Transcranial magnetic stimulation and Vagus nerve stimulation which are for severe cases when you fail to recover by medication or psychotherapy.
You can take few simple steps to control your depression in earlier stage by simplifying your life style. You should read reputable self-support books. Further, never be alone. Keep yourself involved in social activities and plan your activities round the clock.
You should also never make important decisions when you are feeling depressed. After all, despite of doing self-care, you should always try to approach a doctor or psychiatrist for an effective treatment.