Defining severe depression

Roger S. McIntyre and Jay Nathanson

in Severe Depression

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199570249
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191740350 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Psychiatry Library

Defining severe depression

Show Summary Details


Currently, no consensually agreed-upon definition of “severe depression” exists

HAMD-17 and MADRS scores of 28–30 and 30+, respectively, are the most often utilized definitions of severe depression

The appellation “severe depression” is often employed imprecisely and interchangeably with treatment-resistant and chronic depression

Essential features of the definition of severe depression have included: symptom severity, severity dimensions (e.g., melancholia) and symptom status.

Chapter.  2689 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content. subscribe or purchase to access all content.