Depression Disorder

Symptoms caused by major depression can vary from person to person. To clarify the type of depression you have, your doctor may add one or more specifiers. A specifier means that you have depression with specific features, such as:

Anxious distress —

depression with unusual restlessness or worry about possible events or loss of control

Mixed features —

simultaneous depression and mania, which includes elevated self-esteem, talking too much and increased energy

Melancholic features —

severe depression with lack of response to something that used to bring pleasure and associated with early morning awakening, worsened mood in the morning, major changes in appetite, and feelings of guilt, agitation or sluggishness

Atypical features —

depression that includes the ability to temporarily be cheered by happy events, increased appetite, excessive need for sleep, sensitivity to rejection, and a heavy feeling in the arms or legs

Psychotic features —

depression accompanied by delusions or hallucinations, which may involve personal inadequacy or other negative themes

Catatonia —

depression that includes motor activity that involves either uncontrollable and purposeless movement or fixed and inflexible posture

Peripartum onset —

depression that occurs during pregnancy or in the weeks or months after delivery (postpartum)

Seasonal pattern —

depression related to changes in seasons and reduced exposure to sunlight



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