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A 36-year-old member asked:

what is the difference between depressive personality disorder and simple depression?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
No such thing: There is no such thing as "depressive personality disorder." depression is a mood disorder which involves sad mood, loss of interest in usual activities, difficulty concentrating ; making decisions, and changes in sleep (too little or too much), appetite (too little or too much) and energy (lethargy or agitation). There can be feelings of worthlessness, unreasonable guilt, and suicidal thoughts.

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A 46-year-old female asked:

Please explain depressive personality disorder. I have been diagnosed with it. I feel discouraged because of it.

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Dr. Jay Shapiro
Pain Management 54 years experience
No such diagnosis: No depressive pd exists in the manual of diagnoses. Perhaps they meant dependent pd? Personality disorders are notoriously difficult to diagnose correctly. Few are trained to do it. Get 2nd opinion from a mental health professional who specializes in personality disorders. Or, maybe they meant chronic major depression? Don't give up hope. Treatment follows proper diagnosis.

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