Different types of depression

Depression exists on a spectrum of mild to moderate to severe.

You may be given a specific diagnosis of a particular type of depression, or you may at times move across the spectrum over different episodes of depression. The diagnosis you are given will help you to access the correct treatment and support to help you recover.

There are also some specific types of depression (

  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – depression that occurs at a particular time of year, or during a particular season. See our page on SADfor more information.
  • Dysthymia – continuous mild depression that lasts for two years or more. Also called persistent depressive disorder or chronic depression.
  • Prenatal depression – depression that occurs during pregnancy. This is sometimes also called antenatal depression.
  • Postnatal depression (PND) – depression that occurs in the first year after giving birth.