Depressive Disorders | MHMatters

Depressive Disorders

Depressive Disorders are a classification of mental illnesses where a depressed or low mood is a primary symptom. These disorders can be severely debilitating and can last for months and can severely disrupt the lives of those suffering. For example, an episode of Major Depression lasts from 4-8 months on average, though this can be shortened with effective treatment.

Major Depression
Dysthymia (now called Persistent Depressive Disorder)
Postpartum Depression
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Other Depressive Disorders