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Is there such a thing as pure depression?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree
In brief: Not likely
One might classify a depression as "typical".
If "pure" means typical, even then it's hard to imagine any two depressions being alike. Depression comes in many guises making it difficult at tims to even spot the fact that there is depression lurking there. The conclusion is, if one does see something that approaches text book depression, it's only one kind in a hundred other depressions.

In brief: Not likely
One might classify a depression as "typical".
If "pure" means typical, even then it's hard to imagine any two depressions being alike. Depression comes in many guises making it difficult at tims to even spot the fact that there is depression lurking there. The conclusion is, if one does see something that approaches text book depression, it's only one kind in a hundred other depressions.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: No such term, but...
You may be asking if one can just be depressed "for no reason, " and the answer to that is yes.
Clinically, that is called endogenous depression. It runs in families, waxes and wanes over time, and has a variety of symptoms we use to make the diagnosis.

In brief: No such term, but...
You may be asking if one can just be depressed "for no reason, " and the answer to that is yes.
Clinically, that is called endogenous depression. It runs in families, waxes and wanes over time, and has a variety of symptoms we use to make the diagnosis.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Jerald Ratner
Psychiatry
In brief: No such term
You are probably referring to the diagnosis of clinical depression with a set of series of symptoms that disable the individual.

In brief: No such term
You are probably referring to the diagnosis of clinical depression with a set of series of symptoms that disable the individual.
Dr. Jerald Ratner
Dr. Jerald Ratner
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Dr. Bob Stewart
The question may also be referring to unipolar depression versus bipolar disorder (depression plus manic or hypomanic episodes).
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