Are you depressed? Criteria for a major depressive episode
Depression defined: Are you depressed?
Depression is defined. Are you depressed? Criteria for a major depressive episode.
A person must exhibit either of the following almost daily for at least a two week period.
1. A persistent sad or depressed mood.
2. Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in usually pleasurable activities.
3. Plus at least any four of the following:
- significant weight loss or, atypically, weight gain
- insomnia, hypersomnia, or early morning awakening
- psychomotor agitation or retardation
- decreased energy or fatigue
- feelings of hopelessness, guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
- difficulty thinking, concentrating, remembering or making decisions
- recurrent thoughts of death, suicide, a suicide attempt, or a specific plan for suicide
Source: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, American Psychiatric Association, Washington, D.C., 1994
If this describes you, please seek professional help!