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Classification of Depression

Abstract: An overview of different variants of depression.

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Classification of Depression

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Written by: , lecturer of Psychiatry in the University of Ioannina Medical School, Greece. Eva Gerasi, postgraduate student in the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of Ioannina, Greece.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 29 Jul 2008.

Is there only one type of depression? How is depression classified?

Answer:

In general we recognize the following types of depression: Primary: Unipolar
  • Mixed anxiety and depressive disorder - with prominent anxiety
  • Depressive episode - single episode
  • Recurrent depressive disorder - recurrent episodes
  • Dysthymia - persistent and mild (depressive personality)
Bipolar:
  • Bipolar affectve disorder - with manic episodes ("manic depression")
  • Cyclothymia - instability, frequently changing episodes of mild depression and mild mania, persistent irritability of mood
Other primary:
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Brief recurrent depression
Secondary: May be secondary to medical condition, (physical or psychiatric) or alcohol ar other drugs. Depressive episode: Each episode may be:
  • Moderate or severe.
  • With or without somatic syndrome
  • If severe, with or without psyhotic symptoms.
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