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What does clinical depression become major depression?

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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
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In brief: Semantics

Major depressive disorder is a diagnosis related to specific criteria.
Clinical depression is not an actual diagnosis, but simply a way of distinguishing from depression "situational depression" related to grief or other stressors.

In brief: Semantics

Major depressive disorder is a diagnosis related to specific criteria.
Clinical depression is not an actual diagnosis, but simply a way of distinguishing from depression "situational depression" related to grief or other stressors.
Dr. John Moranville
Dr. John Moranville
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Dr. Ian Cook
Psychiatry

In brief: Pretty similar

The diagnosis of major depressive disorder requires that the person have some impairment in life function (self-care, relationships, job, school, suicidal thoughts, etc) which makes it clinically significant.
Transiently depressed mood from a stressful situation certainly can be miserable, but if life function is uninterrupted, this would not rise to "clinical significance" or mdd diagnosis.

In brief: Pretty similar

The diagnosis of major depressive disorder requires that the person have some impairment in life function (self-care, relationships, job, school, suicidal thoughts, etc) which makes it clinically significant.
Transiently depressed mood from a stressful situation certainly can be miserable, but if life function is uninterrupted, this would not rise to "clinical significance" or mdd diagnosis.
Dr. Ian Cook
Dr. Ian Cook
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