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Is clinical depression and major depressive disorder the same?
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
15 doctors agree
In brief: 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".

In brief: 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".
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Mark Reynolds
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Although i believe the definition to be somewhat too narrow, nimh and others see the terms a synonymous, clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for a period of two weeks or more.

In brief: Yes
Although i believe the definition to be somewhat too narrow, nimh and others see the terms a synonymous, clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for a period of two weeks or more.
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Depression
They are one & the same.
Another term is unipolar depression.

In brief: Depression
They are one & the same.
Another term is unipolar depression.
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