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What is Major Depressive Disorder? [Video Blog]

Major Depressive Disorder is a very common mental disorder which presents in many different forms. The severity ranges from mild, moderate, and severe. Depression affects the way you think, feel, and behave. Knowing if you or someone you know is depressed is based on the criteria of the DSM-5 which is what mental health professionals use to understand and diagnose mental health disorders.

The DSM-5 states that in order to fit the diagnoses of Major Depressive Disorder a person needs to have at least five of the nine diagnostic criteria for depression and the symptoms must have occurred for at least two weeks consecutively. Also, at least one of the symptoms are (1) depressed mood or (2) loss of interest or pleasure.

The nine symptoms are:

#1. Depressed mood most of the day nearly every day
#2. No interest in pleasure
#3. Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight
#4. Insomnia or hypersomnia
#5. Psychomotor agitation or retardation nearly every
#6. Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day
#7. Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt
#8. Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness nearly every
#9. Recurrent thoughts of death

James L. Colter - NYC Therapist

James L. Colter - NYC Therapist

Psychotherapist at myTherapyNYC
Offers individual and couples counseling in NYC. Specializes in LGBTQ, depression, anxiety, HIV/AIDS, and loss & grief.
James L. Colter - NYC Therapist

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5 replies
  1. Cate
    Cate says:

    Great video! You managed to talk something challenging and heavy and discuss it with some lightness and fun. Though depression is not fun, your video reminded me that we can talk about it and acknowledge the effects in a way that doesn’t bring us down. I am really looking forward to your webinar to learn more.

  2. Valarie L. Butcher
    Valarie L. Butcher says:

    Awesome 👏🏽 👏🏽👏🏽
    Very well put together as well as well said. Can’t wait to see your webinar to learn more.

  3. Richard Cino
    Richard Cino says:

    Thanks James a great and thoughtful outline that makes it clear what all the facets of depression are that really need to be considered. You managed to educate with a needed levity on what so many struggle with and this can help to normalize it and decrease the shame that comes along with depression.

  4. Ryan Jacobs
    Ryan Jacobs says:

    Great video blog! It is so important to outline these symptoms so people can understand what they are going through. Understanding the symptoms and how they can manifest can be the first step in someone reaching out for help.

  5. Ricky McDonald
    Ricky McDonald says:

    Great information that most can find useful in helping you recognize the signs, & what you can do to prevent or treat the existing condition. Thank you James for sharing, job well done & keep up the good work. Very useful!!


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