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Major Depressive Disorder Symptoms

Posted Jan 24 2011 5:48am

Major depressive disorder sufferers would typically be having an unhappy or down-in- the-dumps mood or losses of interests or pleasures in day-to-day goings-on persisting for a minimum of a fortnight. Such mood should correspond to a variation from the individual’s regular mood. Vital performance or operation (socially, occupationally, educationally or others) might even be affected unfavourably by the mood switch, for example, an individual missing his job or college as a result of depression or has completely discontinued class attendance or being present at habitual social appointments.

Substance-caused depressive mood (like the use of drug, alcohols, and medicines) isn’t deemed as major depressive disorder, neither is one that is arising from common medical conditions. Usually diagnosis of major depressive disorder symptoms is tricky in cases wherein individuals have a past of hypomanic, manic or mix incidents (for instance, a bipolar disorder) or in case schizo-affective disorder is accountable  for the depressive mood & isn’t imposed on a hallucination, schizophrenia or psychotic disorders. Classically major depressive disorder isn’t diagnosed when the individual is mourning due to a major loss in his/her life.

Major Depressive Disorder Symptoms

Clinical depression or major depressive disorder symptoms are typified by the existence of most of the following:

    Down or dejected mood felt on majority of the day, almost on a daily basis as signified by personal account (for instance, sense of sadness or void) or observations by those around (for example, appearing weepy). Among kids & those in their adolescence, it might be typified as a bad-tempered or touchy mood. Markedly lowered interests or pleasures in each or nearly every activity on majority of the day, almost daily. Considerable weight reduction while the person isn’t on a diet or weight increase (for example, an alteration crossing five percent of body-weight during a month’s time), or plummet/ rise in appetite almost daily. Insomniac or hypersomniac behaviour daily. Psychomotor hyperactivity or psychomotor impairment almost daily. Sense of triviality or excess or inapt guiltiness almost daily. Reduced capability of thinking or concentrating or indecision, almost daily. Recurring thought process related to dying (not merely fearful of death), recurring suicidal tendency sans a particular agenda or suicidal endeavour or a defined agenda to commit suicide.

Moreover, for diagnosing major depression, the signs & symptoms mustn’t be accounted more by decease of a near-&-dear one, the symptoms persisting for more than duo months or typified by notable functional impediment, morose obsession with insignificance, suicidal envisaging, psychotic signs or psychomotor impairment.

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