- Depressed mood
- Energy loss or fatigue
- Pleasure loss or anhedonia
- Retardation or agitation (psychomotor)
- Eating and weight change (at least 5% in the last month)
- Sleep changed – insomnia or hypersomnia
- Suicidial ideation or behavior
- I‘m a failure (Loss of confidence or self-esteem)
- Only me to blame (guilt)
- No concentration, Indecisiveness or inability to think
General criteria for a depressive episode
- Duration: ≥2 weeks
- Organic causes must be excluded: not attributable to the abuse of psychoactive substances or to an organic mental disorder.
Types of Depression
1. Mild depression: with or without somatic symptoms
- 2 Major + 2 Minor
2. Moderate depression: with or without somatic symptoms
- 2 Major + >2 Minor
3. Severe depression: with or without psychotic symptoms
- 3 Major + >3 Minor
ICD-10 criteria vs DSM-V criteria for Depression
While ICD-1o criteria recognizes loss of energy or fatigue as a major or key symptoms, DSM-V doesn’t recognize it as a key symptom. Hence, DSM-V has only 2 key symptoms.
“Loss of confidence or reduced self-esteem” is not there in DSM-V criteria.
For diagnosis of Major Depressive Episode by DSM-V any 5 of the symptoms must be present with atleast 1 of the 2 key symptoms in same 2 week period (as in ICD-10).
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