Depression (Unipolar Depressive Disorder)
What it is: An illness characterized by lackluster energy and a general lack of interest in life. Often recurrent or even chronic
Symptoms: Poor self-esteem; a sense of sadness, dejection or hopelessness without any clear cause; suicidal thoughts
How it's treated: With antidepressant medications such as Prozac and/or psychotherapy, through which patients can learn to overcome among other things their negative self-image
Manic Depression (Bipolar Affective Disorder)
What it is: Alternating bouts of mania and depression
Symptoms: Feeling dramatically more active, confident...