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What is the difference between minor and major depression ?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depression

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

In brief: Depression

Major depression is clinical depression, minor depression is an old term for milder form of depression called dysthymia.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Minor is not a dx

Currently only major depression is a diagnosis.
Minor depression is a carry-over from dsm2 when major depression was called psychotic and minor neurotic depression. Some people now call chronic low level depression minor but it is more appropriately called dysthymia. Read my chapter: what's my diagnosis, does it matter and who cares" in psychiatry in techno colors on amazon.Com.

In brief: Minor is not a dx

Currently only major depression is a diagnosis.
Minor depression is a carry-over from dsm2 when major depression was called psychotic and minor neurotic depression. Some people now call chronic low level depression minor but it is more appropriately called dysthymia. Read my chapter: what's my diagnosis, does it matter and who cares" in psychiatry in techno colors on amazon.Com.
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
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