Hand Diagnostics & Psychiatry:
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What is 'DEPRESSION'?
In daily language the word 'depression' is usually used to express certain feelings or symptoms. These feelings or symptoms can be the result of a certain state of mind, a response to a situation, or the characteristic behavior of a subject.
In the DSM IV system of classification (used by the American Psychiatric Association) the phenomenon 'depression' is classified within the family of psychoses: see table C-91. These psychiatric disorders are always featured with abnormalities in the state of mind or the emotional response, not caused by other physical- or mental disorders. Genetics play a part in the onset of the feelings or symptoms frequently.
|- Table C-9: types of mood disorders|
|- Depressive disorders:|
- Depression (type 1):
- Depressive episode + lack of joy during activities.
- - Dysthemia:
Long lasting episode of depression.
- Bipolair disorder:
- Manic episode + depressive episode.
- - Cyclothymia:
- Several hypo-manic episodes + depressive episodes.
- - Bipolar II:
- At least 1 hypo-manic episode and 1 depression episode, without a manic episode.