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Is there a difference between depression and depressive mood disorders?

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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

I am not sure how you are using the term "depressive mood disorders.
" depression (major depression) is one of the depressive disorders, but there are other types. So, my answer largely depends on how you are using your terms. In general, there is not a big difference between the two terms.

In brief: Possibly

I am not sure how you are using the term "depressive mood disorders.
" depression (major depression) is one of the depressive disorders, but there are other types. So, my answer largely depends on how you are using your terms. In general, there is not a big difference between the two terms.
Dr. William Holmes
Dr. William Holmes
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Dr. Glen Elliott
"Depression" can refer just to the mood state; depressive disorders typically have sustained depression assocaited with other symptoms such as disturbed sleep and appetite, decreased energy, suicidal ideation, poor concentration and, in severe forms, even psychosis.
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Symptom vs illness

Depression is one symptom of a variety of depressive mood disorders.
These can include: major depression, dysthymia, adjustment disorder with depression. Also depression can be a symptom of other disorders that are not labeled depressive such as ptsd and bipolar.

In brief: Symptom vs illness

Depression is one symptom of a variety of depressive mood disorders.
These can include: major depression, dysthymia, adjustment disorder with depression. Also depression can be a symptom of other disorders that are not labeled depressive such as ptsd and bipolar.
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
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