What's the difference between minor depression or major depression?

A milder form of MDD. Minor depression is a mood disorder that does not meet full criteria for major depressive disorder but in which at least 2 depressive symptoms are present for 2 weeks or more. It is usually quite responsive to psychotherapy interventions. In the diagnostic & statistical manual of mental disorders iv, minor depressive disorder was cited as an example of depressive disorder not otherwise specific.
Major depression. Involves physical signs of a physical illness called major depression. So changes in sleep, appetite and/or energy are the things we look for.

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Is there a difference between minor depression and major depression?

Yes. The simple difference is the number of symptoms that you have. The practical difference is that there are far more studies out there about treating major depressive disorder so we better know how to advise people. Read more...

What is the difference between minor and major depression?

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