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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. 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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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 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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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?

Not sure: Often a life changing event in a genetically susceptible p erson. ...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, 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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I am a student working on a project on major depressive disorder. Can you provide me with a quote on the subject?

I am a student working on a project on major depressive disorder.  Can you provide me with a quote on the subject?

What type of info: Are you looking for? Is there a specific statement or opinion your are wondering about in regards to MDD? Feel free to provide more info and I'm sure someone on HealthTap will be able to help you out. ...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

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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

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more