Symptoms And Symptoms Of Depressive Disorder Essay

1292 Words Oct 8th, 2015 6 Pages
Depressive Disorder Due to Another Medical Condition is defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM5) as “a prominent and persistent period of depressed mood or markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities that predominates in the clinical picture and that is thought to be related to the direct physiological effect of another medical condition” (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). One of the most important features of this diagnosis in comparison to Major Depressive Disorder is that a clinician must find that the persons’ general medical condition they are diagnosed with is etiologically related to the depression or mood disturbance. The clinician must also consider whether or not the depression or mood disturbance could be explained more appropriately by another mental disorder. This can be done by evaluating the association between onset, exacerbation and remission of the medical condition as well as the onset, exacerbation and remission of the depression or mood disturbance. It is important to note that special consideration should be made to rule out other diagnoses such as the following: depressive disorders not due to another medical condition; medication-induced depressive disorder; and adjustment disorder.
Working as a medical social worker I’ve seen a correlation between depression and general medical diagnosis which is especially prominent with patients when they are labeled “end…

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