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Depressive Disorders

  • All About Depression: Diagnosis: Major Depressive Disorder (Diagnostic Criteria) - Major depressive disorder is also known as major depression, clinical depression, or unipolar depression. The term unipolar refers to the presence of one pole, or one extreme of mood- depressed mood.

  • Blue Genes and the Monoamine Hypothesis of Depression - Issue: Depression may be caused by a stress-induced deficiency in monoaminergic activation of genes that code for neurotrophic factors. Stephen M. Stahl, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Depression: a short textbook for GP's - Theories of Depression. We here explore some of the major theories that have been proposed to explain the pathology of depressive disorder.

  • Depression (Unipolar) - Depression (Mood) Disorders have been divided into unipolar and bipolar. The bipolar type is manifested by mania or by both mania and depression. On the other hand, unipolar depression are manifested only by depression. PsychNet.UK.

  • Dysthymic Disorder - Dysthymic Disorder is characterized by chronic depression, but with less severity than a major depression. The essential symptom for dysthymic disorder is an almost daily depressed mood for at least two years, but without the necessary criteria for a major depression. Low energy, sleep or appetite disturbances and low self-esteem are usually part of the clinical picture as well. PsychNet.UK.

  • eMedicine: Depression - Unipolar depression is one of the more commonly encountered psychiatric disorders. While many effective treatments are available, this disorder is often underdiagnosed and undertreated. Primary care providers should strongly consider the presence of depression in their patients; studies suggest a high prevalence of affective disorders among patients seeking medical attention in the office setting.

  • eMedicine: Dysthymic Disorder - The current consensus is that major depressive disorder, dysthymia, double depression (alternating dysthymia and depression), and some apparently transient dysphorias all are manifestations of the same disease process. Thus, all of these varieties of depression respond to similar psychological and physical treatments, and they share polysomnographic abnormalities.

  • emental-health.com: Depression - Answers to frequently asked questions about depression. For service users, families, friends or anyone with concerns.

  • emental-health.com: Treating clinical depression - When a doctor diagnoses clinical depression, there are a number of possible treatment options.These will depend on how severe the depression is, how long it has been present and the extent to which it is disrupting the person's life.

  • Major Depressive Disorder: European Description - The ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders World Health Organization, Geneva, 1992

  • MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia: Depression - Feelings of depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. But true clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for an extended period of time.

  • MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia: Dysthymia - Dysthymia is chronic form of depression, characterized by moods that are consistently low, but not as extreme as other types of depression.

  • The Merck Manual: Dysthymic Disorder - In dysthymic disorder, depressive symptoms typically begin insidiously in childhood or adolescence and pursue an intermittent or low-grade course over many years or decades; major depressive episodes may complicate it (double depression).

  • The Merck Manual: Depression (Unipolar Disorder) - In its full syndromal expression, clinical depression manifests as major depressive disorder, with episodic course and varying degrees of residual manifestations between episodes.

  • Anxiety and Depression - Explores the often overlooked links between anxiety, depression and magnesium deficiency.

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