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What Exactly Is A Major Depressive Disorder
Low mood plus...: A constant low or sad mood (or inability to experience joy or pleasure) that last 2 weeks or more, along with several other symptoms such as poor sleep, appetite, or concentration; feelings of worthlessness or guilt; slowed thinking and movements; or suicidal feelings. Also, this is not caused by drugs, medical illness, or another psychiatric disorder such as schizophrenia or bipolar. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
MDE: The dsm-iv criteria for major depression can be found at the following website: http://www.Mental-health-today.Com/dep/dsm.Htm it should be noted that major depression is a medical illness that is not the same as simply feeling sad or moody. Sadness is a normal response to certain situations, such as loss of a loved one, and is not necessarily major depression. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Major Depression: is a mood disorder lasting a minimum of two weeks. Depressive sx's may include low mood, irritability, anger, ^ or v sleep, change in appetite, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, v energy, v self-esteem, feelings of guilt. V motivation, absence of joy,v concentration, v memory & suicidal thoughts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depression: Major depressive disorder is defined by a set of certain symptoms and behaviors listed in the dsm IV manual. If these symptoms are present for a periods of time, then a person may be diagnosed with major depression. It is generally treated with counseling, medication, or a combination of both. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: This depends on the treatment you're getting and how well you're taking care of yourself too. Taking medications consistently; staying away from toxins; participating in psychotherapy; exercising regularly; eating healthy; replenishing nutrients like b12, folate, (folic acid) and omega 3's. Feeling better can happen in weeks to months. Really getting well is a longer journey of healing your life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could Be: Depressed mood is a key component of this diagnosis, but there also needs to be other symptoms related to changes in sleep, appetite, concentration, and lack of interest in enjoyable activities. Also, there are commonly increased thoughts of death or self-harm. It would be a good idea for you to seek an evaluation with a mental health professional to explore this issue. ...Read more
Therapy/self-care: Things that you can do on your own:try to establish routines, small achievable goals sleep hygiene; look for positive aspects of the environment: do a summary at the end of the day -- best thing that happened, the things i laughed at, etc. To bring you a sense of joy. Consider meds and psychotherapy. Good luck! ...Read more
Neurodegeneration: There is evidence that in recurrent major depression, astraglial cells, the cells in the brain that support neurons and encapsulate synapses suffer. As this occurs over time, they can wither and perish resulting functionally in a decreased ability of the brain to process information/ adapt. Physically this can be seen on pet/spect/fmri scans. Effective treatment appears to slow/stop the process. ...Read more
I am a student working on a project on major depressive disorder. Can you provide me with a quote on the subject?
Yes, in fact it is: Major depressive disorder is a mental illness according to many mental health professionals. ...Read more
Major Depression: Symptoms of depression include sad mood and loss of interest in usually pleasurable things for greater than 2 weeks. Also there are changes in sleep (too much or not enough); energy (slowed down or agitated); and appetite (could have little appetite w/weight loss, or eating too much w/weight gain). Difficulty concentrating ; making decisions. Frequent thoughts of death ; suicide. It's treatable. ...Read more
Can you explain major depressive disorder in a spouse to someone who has never dealt with mental illness?
Yes: The official name is "major depressive disorder", but many people say "clinical depression" as a sort of shorthand for that. This is depression > 2 wks, severe enough to interfere with everyday life, and accompanied by changes in sleep, energy, appetite, ability to experience pleasure, suicidal ideas, and so forth. Many depressed moods are not severe enough to count as "clinical". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Differences: Major depression is a mood disorder in which you have the presence of a depressed mood and a loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy which occur daily for at least 2 weeks. Schizophrenia is a thought disorder that can present as a combination of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behavior. ...Read more
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