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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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What's the difference between minor depression or major depression?

What's the difference between minor depression or major depression?

A milder form of MDD: Minor depression is a mood disorder that does not meet full criteria for major depressive disorder but in which at least 2 depressive symptoms are present for 2 weeks or more. It is usually quite responsive to psychotherapy interventions. In the diagnostic & statistical manual of mental disorders iv, minor depressive disorder was cited as an example of depressive disorder not otherwise specific. ...Read more

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What is the difference between minor and major depression ?

What is the difference between minor and major depression ?

Depression: Major depression is clinical depression, minor depression is an old term for milder form of depression called dysthymia. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between major depression w/ melancholia and severe major depression?

Is there a difference between major depression w/ melancholia and severe major depression?

Depression: Melancholia can be a feature of severe depression. Not all severe depressive disorders have this as the main symptom. Although there is a relationship with severity. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between "clinical" depression and mild/major depression?

I want to know what is the difference between "clinical" depression and mild/major depression?

Mostly just words: Major depression is a diagnosis -symptoms that meet specific criteria. Mild means it is mild-not severe. Clinical depression is a term that means in actual fact you feel "depressed"-typically sad, hopeless, maybe some biological symptoms of sleep, appetite, energy and thinking problems -mild suggests that one is not suicidal. ...Read more

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What's the difference between dysthimia disorder and major depression?

What's the difference between dysthimia disorder and major depression?

Dysthymia is mild : To meet the criteria for major depression , one has to have five depressive symptoms for two weeks, dysthymia , is a chronic mild depressive symptoms. Dysthymia can progress to become mdd/o. ...Read more

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What is the difference between major depression with melancholia and major depression?

What is the difference between major depression with melancholia and major depression?

A subtype: Melancholia is a subtype of depresson which generally is more severe with lack of reactivity in mood. There are more physical symptoms of no drive, motivation, apathy but can have a dramatic change from am to pm with much worse mood in the am. Melancolic depression is less responsive to therapy alone and often requires multiple medications or ect. ...Read more

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What is the difference between major depression and bipolar depression are they similar or not ?

What is the difference between major depression and bipolar depression are they similar or not ?

Bi/Unipolar: Bipolar disorder "is also know as manic (hyper) depression (sad, depressed). Uni means "one" and is used to refer to the depression w/out mania. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between bipolar disorder and major depression?

I want to know what is the difference between bipolar disorder and major depression?

Manic episode: A person has to have had a manic episode to be considered to have a bipolar disorder. A person has to meet criteria for major depression to have that condition and they would not have had a manic episode. Both conditions are treatable although the treatment is somewhat different. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Major Depression (Definition)

Major depression is a mood disorder where a person is persistently sad or depressed for at least two weeks with changes in sleep, appetite and weight. Change in mood could also present as irritability. Low energy or persistent lethargy is also seen. Hopelessness and disinterest in enjoyable activities is common. Suicidal ideation is a sign of worsening depression ...Read more


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