Major Depression and Dysthymic disorder

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

MAJOR DEPRESSION (Sometimes referred to as clinical depression)

* Symptoms will be present for a minimum of two weeks.
* For a diagnosis of major depression, one of the five symptoms must include either depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure

Symptoms of Major Depression

1) Appetite - a change in appetite

* Over or under eating
* Non-intentional weight loss or weight gain

2) Sleep Issues

* Sleeping too much or two little
* Experiencing early morning awakenings
* Difficulty falling asleep
* Awakening in the middle of the night
* Feeling fatigued
 
3) Mood

* Profound sadness
* Depressed mood

4) Depressed Thinking

* Suicidal thoughts
* Feeling worthless or hopeless
* Excessive guilt
* Recurring thoughts of death
* Difficulty making decisions
* Negative view of self
* Slowed thinking


5) Change in Activity Level

* Agitation
* Being lethargic
* Low energy level
* Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that one used to find enjoyable

DYSTHYMIC DISORDER: Depressed mood for most of the day, more days than not, as indicated by subjective account or observation by others for a minimum of a two-year period. If there was any remission form the depressed mood, it was for a period no longer than two months. 

* poor appetite or overeating
* Insomnia or hypersomnia (sleeping too little or too much)
* Low energy or fatigue
* Low Self Esteem
* Poor concentration or difficulty making decisions
* Feelings of hopelessness