Learn the diagnostic criteria for depressive disorders.
Primary symptoms include depressed mood and/or loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed.
Constant depressed mood, nearly every day.
Lack of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed.
Significant changes in weight.
Fatigue and energy loss
Feelings of guilt, and/or worthlessness.
Issues concentrating, or decisiveness (nearly every day).
Recurrent thoughts of death and suicide.
If these symptoms last longer than 2 years, you may also have Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia).
Primarily characterized by chronic irritability.
Severe recurrent temper outbursts that are out of proportion to the situation.
Temper outbursts occur three or more times per week.
Mood between outbursts is consistently irritable throughout the day.
Outbursts have occurred at least for the last 12 months and include at home, school, and/or with friends or acquaintances.
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596
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