Major Depressive Disoder versus Dysthymic DisoderLast Revised on October 6, 2012
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Everyone one feel stressed out sometimes, but how do you know when to see a doctor for depressed mood? The Majory Depressive Disoder (MDD) and the Dysthymic Disorder (DD) are two main types of depression. What’s difference between the two of them?
MDD is more acute and present for more than two weeks. To be diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, the patient must display at least five of the total of nine symptoms during the period. Symptoms include: depressed mood most of the day, reduced interest or pleasure in all or most activities, significant weight loss or gain due to change in appetite, problem with sleep, psychomotor changes, fatigue, feeling worthless, difficulty with cognition, recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, and no previous history of maniac or euphoric episodes.
DD is chronic and the person must be in depressive mood for at least two years. The diagnosis of Dysthymic Disorder is based on display of more than two of the six symptoms. The symptoms are change in appetite, sleep problems, low energy, low self-esteem, difficulty thinking or concentrating, and feeling of hopelessness.
Therefore, the difference is based on the type and number of symptoms, and the length of period the individual carries them.
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