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WHAT CAUSES DEPRESSION At Star Point Counseling Center In Tampa Fl, and Brandon Fl.

Depression in Tampa Fl, and Brandon Fl, can be caused by one’s body or one’s circumstances. Sometimes it can be caused by a mixture of both.

Most mental health experts agree brain chemistry plays a major role in depression. The brain has chemicals called dopamine and serotonin. These chemicals affect our ability to feel pleasure and well-being. If the brain does not make enough of these chemicals, or if it doesn’t process them right, depression in Tampa Fl, and Brandon Fl, can result.

Depression is not to be confused for the typical mourning process. Grief after loss is normal, and it usually fades over time. One’s sadness or guilt is often limited to thoughts of the deceased. But depression’s symptoms tend to be persistent and less tied to any specific thought.


The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) lists eight main types of depression in Tampa Fl, and Brandon Fl. Each subtype has its own criteria for severity, duration, mood changes, and behavior. The subtypes include:

  1. Disruptive mood dysregulation (DMDD): Generally diagnosed in children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 18. It involves frequent temper tantrums that are not appropriate for the child’s age or situation.

  2. Major depression: The most common subtype. The symptoms are usually severe and impact daily life.

  3. Persistent depression or dysthymia: A depressed mood that lasts for over two years.

  4. Premenstrual dysphoria: Symptoms appear the week before one’s menses, then become minimal after menses.

  5. Substance/medication-induced depression: Depression that occurs during or soon after one is exposed to a substance. It could also occur during withdrawal.

  6. Depression related to another medical condition: Depression caused by the physiological effects of another medical condition.

  7. Other specified depressive disorders: This diagnosis applies when someone has depressive symptoms, but they do not qualify for any other subtype. A clinician will specify the reason the condition does not meet the criteria. The person may not have enough symptoms, or the depressive episode may have been too brief.

  8. Unspecified depression: This diagnosis is used when depressive symptoms do not meet the full criteria for a specific type, but the clinician does not specify why. A clinician may use this distinction when they do not have enough information to make a specific diagnosis (such as in an emergency room).

Depression in Brandon Fl, and Tampa Fl, subtypes can be described in more detail by adding specifiers. A depressive subtype might be characterized by:

  1. Seasonal pattern: in which episodes occur at a certain time of year

  2. Peripartum onset: when symptoms occur during or immediately after pregnancy

  3. Anxious distress: including worry and restlessness

  4. Catatonia: strange movements or a lack of movement

  5. Mixed features: such as increased energy and inflated self-esteem

  6. Melancholic features: such as loss of pleasure, weight loss, and excessive guilt

  7. Atypical features: such as mood reactivity, weight gain, and hypersomnia

  8. Psychotic features: such as delusions and hallucinations


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