Frequently Asked Questions About Double Depression

I am an expat living in the UK for almost 15 years now. My initial plan was to go on a vacation in London after I got diagnosed with clinical depression in the US following my parents’ deaths. The psychiatrist told me a change of scenery might do me some good, so that’s the first destination that came to mind. I only decided to relocate there permanently after six months when I found new friends in the UK and realized that no one would miss me back home.

Life in this new country had been incredible from the beginning. My original office in the US had another base in the UK, so I merely had to ask to be moved there. After five years, I already became a subject of the Queen, which I thought was cool. Then, a couple of years later, I found the love of my life.

Being with Lisa made me happy – too happy that I almost forgot about my depression. She loved traveling, so I always went wherever she wanted. The only thing that upset me was that Lisa refused to move in with me before marriage, but I eventually decided to pop the big question to her with a surprise proposal. Unfortunately, before I could do that, I caught her cheating on me with her boss.

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To cut a long story short, my depression came back. Worse, my new psychiatrist said that I had a double depression. I left London and wandered around the UK until I found Tynemouth, hoping the scenic place would heal.

What does the phrase “double depression” mean? 

Double depression is a unique condition in which an individual gets diagnosed with types of mood disorder. People tend to deal with this mental illness when a psychiatrist initially concludes that they have clinical depression. After a year or so, and symptoms are still there, they realize that they also have dysthymia or persistent depressive disorder.

What are the two leading causes of depression? 

Abuse is one of the primary causes of depression. When an individual gets violated physically, emotionally, or mentally for an extended period, after all, the scars may last longer than people may realize. Even if they move past the abuse, the depression may remain until they work through it.

Another primary cause of depression is genetics. According to studies, if one of your close relatives has been diagnosed with depression, similar symptoms may manifest in you or another relative after some time.

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Can you have more than one type of depression? 

Yes, you can have more than one type of depression. In truth, many people who get diagnosed with clinical depression end up getting persistent depressive disorder (a.k.a. dysthymia) over time. That is especially true if the symptoms of depression come back even after seeming to go away for a while. When it occurs, psychiatrists may diagnose you with double depression.

What is the highest cause of depression? 

The answer depends on the age of the person who has been diagnosed with depression. In case they are young adults, stressful or traumatic events are the #1 cause of depression. For older adults, the diagnosis of a physical illness may make them feel depressed.

Is depression a learned behavior? 

Yes, depression is a learned behavior – that is, if you talk to behavioral psychologists. This idea makes sense, considering the mental disorder comes with unhelpful symptoms that can last for months or years. In that case, mental health professionals believe that you can unlearn depression by modifying how you think and feel towards specific situations. 

Is dysthymia a mood disorder? 

Yes, dysthymia is a mood disorder. By its other name, people may have known it a persistent depressive disorder, a chronic form of depression that may affect a person’s way of living for years. Unfortunately, simple self-help techniques may not suffice to eliminate dysthymia, but mixing antidepressants with psychotherapy may do the job over time.

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What is the primary cause of depression? 

The primary cause of depression is mental stress. It can be the product of various issues like divorce, bullying, unemployment, burnout, etc. The more stressful situations you find yourself in, the more you tend to feel depressed.

Who is at the most significant risk for depression? 

A female between the ages of 18 and 25 is at the most significant risk of having depression. If you think about it, young adulthood is the time when a woman needs to make a lot of life-changing decisions. For instance, “What should I do after college?” “What career should I follow?” “Should I even go to college?” “How can I make my dreams come true?” The more pressure she experiences, the more likely she is to get depressed.

What is the biological cause of depression? 

The biological cause of depression is that mental disorder is inheritable. If someone in the family has been diagnosed with it, there is a high chance that depression is already in your genes, just waiting to be triggered. That trigger factor is typically a series of stressful events in a person’s life.

What are the four types of depression? 

The four types of depression are:

    • Bipolar disorder
    • Dysthymia
    • Clinical depression
    • Seasonal affective disorder

Which country has the highest depression rate? 

China holds the title for the highest depression rate, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). A local news outlet in 2016 reported that 100 million people in the country had been diagnosed with depression, although a significant number of them may be unaware of it. Because of that, suicide has become a growing concern for the Chinese government.

Is it normal to cry every day?

No, it is not normal to cry every day, mostly if you are not mourning the loss of a loved one or dealing with tear-inducing circumstances. In truth, crying for no reason at all is one of the many signs of depression. It entails that you may have latent emotions that are yet to come out.

If you find yourself crying every day, you should see a psychologist or psychiatrist for a diagnosis.

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Final Thoughts

I wish I could move to Tynemouth for good. After an entire month of staying near the beach, riding the bike around the town, and inhaling that salty fresh air, I got my depressive symptoms in control again. Alas, I could not stay there any longer due to my job, but the vacation served its purpose. I would undoubtedly go back there as often as possible. 

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