Medical Term:

depressive episode

 

Definition:

  1. a manifestation of a major mood disorder involving an enduring period of some or all of the following signs: significant sadness, tearfulness, decreased appetite, weight loss, sleep and energy disturbance, psychomotor agitation or retardation, feelings of worthlessness, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, decreased concentration, thoughts of death, and suicidal ideation.
  2. a DSM diagnosis that is established when specified criteria are met.

See Also: major depression, bipolar disorder, affective disorders, under disorder

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