Depression

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Clinical Characteristics of Depression
Depressed mood. Loss of interest/pleasure in all activities. Weight loss/gain more than 5%. Increase/decrease in appetite-failure to meet expected weight gain. Insomnia/hypersomnia. Retardation. Fatigue. Feeling worthless or guilty. Thoughts of death
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Diagnostic Criteria for Major Depressive Disorder (DSM-IV)
The person must experience at least 5 of the symptoms during the same 2 week period. Represent a change from previous functioning. Must include either depressed mood or loss of interest/pleasure.
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Length of depressive episodes (Coryell et al)
Major depressions disappear eventually whether they are treated or not. Most recover within 4-6 months. Relapse and recurrence are fairly common.
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Relapse and Recurrence Definitions
Relapse= symptoms get worse during a period of incomplete or brief recovery. Recurrence= new episode of depressive symptoms following a period of recovery of more than 2 months.
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Additional Information
10-15% of people with depression commit suicide (Clark+Fawcett)
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The person must experience at least 5 of the symptoms during the same 2 week period. Represent a change from previous functioning. Must include either depressed mood or loss of interest/pleasure.

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