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DEPRESSIVE DISORDERSDefn- A group of psychiatric disorders whose main feature is an odd/peculiar,characteristic stateof altered mood/ feelings. The common feature is presence of sad, empty or irritable moodaccompanied by somatic and cognitive changes that significantly affect the individuals capacityto function. There mood is abnormal, distressing, persisting and is experienced by the individualor other people (affect). The sense of control is lostTYPES/GROUPS**1) Major depression- severe, lasts at least 2 weeks*2) Dysthymia/Persistent depressive disorder- low moods with other features for at least 2years. The features dont meet criteria for major depression.*3) Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder4) Premenstrual dysphoric disorder5) Substance/medication induced depressive disorder ie physiological effect notpsychological6) Depressive disorder due to another medical condition7) Other depressive disorders (not specified vs specified - eg mild and moderatedepression/ie depressive episode with insufficient symptoms; recurrent brief depression; shortduration depressive episode)DEPRESSION (mdd)Clinical Depression versus Normal SadnessAt some time or another, virtually all adults will experience a tragic or unexpected loss, romanticheartbreak, or a serious setback and times of profound sadness, grief, or distress. Indeed,something is awry if the usual expressions of sadness do not accompany such situations socommon to the human condition eg death

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