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Depression Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts, behaviour, feelings and physical well-being. Depressed people may feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, or restless. They may lose interest in activities that once were pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, or problems concentrating, remembering details or making decisions; and may contemplate or attempt suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, loss of energy, or aches, pains or digestive problems that are resistant to treatment may be present. Symptoms ICD-10 classifies Depressive disorders according to severity, and identifies three core symptoms: 1. Low mood 2. Anhedonia (loss of enjoyment) 3. Anergia (loss of energy) A diagnosis of mild depression requires 2 of the 3 core symptoms for at least 2 weeks and 2 from the
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Unformatted text preview: following list: o Reduced concentration o Reduced self esteem o Ideas of guilt and worthlessness o Feelings of hopelessness regarding the future o Thoughts of self harm o Disturbed sleeps o Increased or decreased appetite A diagnosis of moderate depression requires at least 2 of the 3 core symptoms for at least 2 weeks and 3 from the above list. A diagnosis of severe depression requires all of the core symptoms for at least 2 weeks and 5 from the above list; however, depression with psychosis is always classified as severe. Clinical Features: • Mood/affect Low mood, irritable or unreactive affect • Biological Altered sleep, altered libido, altered appetite, altered weight Agitation/retardation Worse am • Thought content – Anxiety, guilt, worthlessness, suicide, mood congruent delusions...
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