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The Different Forms of Depression

Classified as a mood disorder, depression affects people very differently. There are also different types of depression. The type of depression a person has will largely determine what kind of medical treatment the person should receive. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, there are two main categories of depression—major depressive disorder and dysthymia—and a grouping of other, less common types. There are also a number of other mood disorders that can cause depression symptoms.

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