Premenstrual Dysmorphic Disorder is a diagnosis given to females who experience severe depression, irritability, and tension in relation to their menstrual cycle. This disorder is a severe extension to premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It impacts one’s daily functioning and symptoms typically begin a week or two prior to when a female’s period starts.
Persistent Depression Disorder (Dysthymia) is a diagnosis that is a minor form of depression but occurs for at least two years. The symptoms are similar to depression but the difference is the long duration of this disorder. It is less severe than major depression, but those that experience it can go into major depressive episodes.
Bipolar Disorders have a depression component. In bipolar, one experiences mood swings that may rarely occur or occurs multiple times a year. In order to be diagnosed with bipolar, a person has depressed moods along with a single or multiple manic or hypomanic episodes. It is important to talk to a mental health professional to identify if manic symptoms occur along with depression symptoms for more concise treatment.
Another common area of depression is postpartum depression. Females can be diagnosed with a depression disorder with peripartum onset if they are experiencing depression in conjunction with their pregnancy or post-pregnancy.
People with Dissociative Disorders also commonly experience depression, among other health conditions.