PSYC5020 exam3 - Lauren Whitney Hopson PSYC5020 Exam 3...

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Lauren Whitney Hopson PSYC5020 Exam 3 Essay Tuesday April 1, 2008 Major Depressive Disorder and Dysthymic Disorder The similarities between Major Depressive Disorder and Dysthymic Disorder in young people suggest that DD is a mood disorder, not a personality styles. Major Depressive Disorder diagnosis requires five (or more) of the following symptoms during the same two week period and they must represent a change from the patient’s previous functioning. At least one symptom is depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in nearly all activities. Dysthymic Disorder diagnosis requires a depressed mood for most of the day, for more days than not. This depressed mood must be indicated by either subjective account or by observation by others, for at least two years. This time period is one difference from MMD. However, in the DSM-IV-TR, under the diagnosis for DD there is a note that states: In children and adolescents, mood can be irritable and duration must be at least 1 year. MDD and DD require a depressed mood for most of the day
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