for Depression has similar criteria as other schemes for diagnosis.
Criteria include the following
or more symptoms must be present for the same 2-week
There must be a change in functioning
At least one of the symptoms must be either depressed mood or loss of
interest or pleasure
- Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day (sad, tearful)
- Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all or almost all
activities most of the day nearly, nearly every day
- Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain (change in 5%
body weight over one month) or a decrease or increase in appetite nearly
- Insomnia or hypersomnia (sleeping too much)) nearly every day
- Psychomotor agitation or retardation nearly every day (observed by
others) Agitation is defines a a restlessness
- Fatigue or a loss of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
- Diminished ability to concentrate or inability to make decisions
nearly every day
- Recurrent thoughts of death, recurrent suicidal ideation without a
plan or recurrent suicide attempts
Symptoms cause distress or impairment in social, occupational or other
important areas of functioning.
Symptoms are not related to a medical condition or bereavement.
Diagnostic Criteria from DSM-IV; 1994, American Psychiatric
Association, Washington D.C.
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