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Depression

Lauren M. Bylsma and Vanessa Panaite

in Psychology

ISBN: 9780199828340
Published online February 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199828340-0095
Depression

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Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a highly debilitating, chronic, recurrent, and prevalent disorder. This article provides an overview and references covering several key aspects of the disorder. We include discussion of epidemiology, diagnosis and assessment, developmental course and risk factors, treatment, and important associated features (behavioral, interpersonal, biological, neurological, cognitive, emotional, and suicidal behavior) of the disorder. In order to focus the scope of this article, we have chosen to focus primarily on MDD, as it is the most prevalent and well studied of the mood disorders. While depression symptoms occur along a continuum with subclinical levels occurring in the general population, and there are important correlates associated with subclinical levels of depression, we will focus on the clinical levels of depression associated with MDD for the purposes of this article.

Article.  7445 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Developmental Psychology ; Health Psychology ; History and Systems in Psychology ; Educational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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