People who suffer from atypical depression often show symptoms that are not expected. This often makes the diagnosis quite difficult and also delays the therapy.
It is very different in the atypical form of depression. Their outstanding feature is the absence of typical symptoms and the presence of rather unusual symptoms, which are not only for laymen, but unfortunately also for doctors only poorly and often too late recognized. The atypical depression is characterised by symptoms that are anything but common or typical for depressed moods and depression.
The Signs of Atypical Depression
While “classical depressed” cannot rejoice over positive life events, atypical depressed people show positive mood and cheerfulness. However, what unites atypical patients with classically depressed patients is the often occurring feeling of “lead-heavy” extremities, the feeling of infinitely heavy legs or arms, which is difficult to overcome.
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Since the mental abilities of atypical depression are hardly affected and often even increased, many patients speak well to cognitive behavioral therapy: In this approach the therapist works as a mentor and coach, who concerned helps to recognize the functioning of the depressed Vicious circle and to replace self-damaging behaviour with health-promoting. However, concentration difficulties, motivational problems and stress sensitivity do not always refer to a severe or atypical depression. It is clear that strengthening internal resources plays a central role when we have to deal with persistent and acute stress situations.
Doctors are likely to recommend psychotherapy (conversational therapy) or medications for atypical depression, varying from the severity of the symptoms. There are different types of psychotherapy and medications available for treatment. You may be referred to a specialist such as a psychiatrist, psychologist or other licensed mental health professional for care.