Essay about Symptoms And Symptoms Of Depression

789 Words Nov 20th, 2015 4 Pages
Depression can be defined as a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thought, behavior, feelings and physical well-being, meanwhile, anxiety is a normal reaction to stressor that helps us deal with a difficult situation by prompting us to cope with it (Kaikini, Dhande, Patil, & Kadam, 2013). If anxiety becomes excessive, it may fall under the classification of an anxiety disorder. According to WHO, anxiety and depression will be the second largest cause of disability worldwide by 2020 (Kaikini et al., 2013).

During medical history interview with the patient, I will inquire how long has her symptoms been going on. If it had been two weeks or more, her symptoms would be classified under Major Depressive Episode according to DSM-5 criteria. Major depressive disorder is diagnosed if at least 5 of the following symptoms: depressed mood, diminished interest or loss of pleasure in almost all activities, significant weight change or appetite disturbance, sleep disturbance, psychomotor agitation or retardation, fatigue or loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness, diminished ability to think or concentrate or indecisiveness, recurrent thoughts of death, recurrent suicidal ideation without specific plan, or suicide attempt or specific plan for committing suicide are present during the same 2-week period and at least 1 of the symptoms must be diminished interest/pleasure or depressed mood (Halverson, 2015). In addition to depressive symptoms, she is…

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