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People with atypical depression can protect their long-term physical health by getting treatment for their mental health symptoms.
Increased systemic inflammation is seen in people with atypical depression, putting them at greater risk of developing heart disease.
The good news is that - according to research - those who receive treatment for atypical symptoms cut their risk of stroke and heart attack nearly in half.
Atypical depression is a sub-type of either major depressive disorder (MDD) or persistent depressive disorder (PDD).
The distinguishing feature of atypical depression is situational mood improvement, where a person’s mood lifts in reaction to an event such as going out with a friend, or getting a raise at work.
In addition to the symptoms required for MDD or PDD, and situation mood improvement, an atypical diagnosis must meet two or more or the following five conditions:
Of those with depression, an estimated 15 to 40 percent have the atypical variety; the percentage is higher for women than men.
Research has recently made three health-related discoveries about those with atypical depression:
There has been buzz in the science media the past few years about the role of inflammation in depression. This might be owed to the distinct physiology of those with the atypical sub-type.
Whether the inflammation precedes atypical depressive symptoms, or the depression comes before the inflammation (both may prove true), early treatment will help individuals feel better now, and protect their future physical well being.
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