Helena Bonham Carter’s health: Starring in her ‘baffling’ mental health battle – depression
Sometimes it’s triggered by a life-changing event, like a bereavement, or loving a job and giving birth. People with a family history of depression are also more likely to experience it themselves.
As for the causes of depression, an individual can be diagnosed with a specific type of condition. For example, the following disorders are disorders specific to depression:
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – depression that occurs at a particular time of year or during a particular season. See our page on SAD for more information.
- Dysthymia – continuous mild depression that lasts two years or more. Also called persistent depressive disorder or chronic depression.
- Prenatal depression – depression that occurs during pregnancy. This is sometimes also called prenatal depression.
- Postnatal depression (PND) – depression that occurs during the first year after childbirth.
Luckily for the actress, Bonham Carter managed to overcome her depression, although she said therapy didn’t really help. Instead, she said the depression “just passed.”
She added: “I went to therapy. I don’t know if the therapy helped. He just passed. It was good. We find a way out of it, but it’s still difficult to talk about.”
For others, the therapy is extremely effective in treating depression. Talking therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focus on an individual’s thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, and actions and how to challenge negative thoughts.