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What exactly is a major depressive disorder ?

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 more

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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 exactly is called a major depressive disorder ?

What exactly is called a major depressive disorder ?

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 more

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What is a major depressive disorder?

What is a major depressive disorder?

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 more

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How do you get a major depressive disorder?

How do you get a major depressive disorder?

Not sure: Often a life changing event in a genetically susceptible p erson. ...Read more

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What is a major depressive disorder and how is it treated?

What is a major depressive disorder and how is it treated?

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 more

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How long can it take for a major depressive disorder patient to get well?

How long can it take for a major depressive disorder patient to get well?

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 more

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What is the difference between a major depressive disorder and a dysthymic disorder?

What is the difference between a major depressive disorder and a dysthymic disorder?

Intensity: Dysthymic patients are sad , unhappy & have no joy in life to a good instance but not as severe as majot depression hen pts will be totally wihdrawn, no social interactions or motivation to the point of being affecting their daily life. ...Read more

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Do I suffer from major depressive disorder if always blue?

Do I suffer from major depressive disorder if always blue?

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

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I was recently diagnosed with major depressive disorder, help?

I was recently diagnosed with major depressive disorder, help?

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

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What part of the body is affected by major depressive disorder?

What part of the body is affected by major depressive disorder?

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

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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