Depressive Disorders

depressive disorders
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Depressive Disorders

Depressive disorders are characterized by the persistence of sad, empty, or irritable feelings, accompanied by changes that have a significant negative effect on daily functioning. They include major depressive disorder, persistent depressive disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), substance/medication-induced depressive disorder, depressive disorder due to another medical condition, other specified depressive disorder, and unspecified depressive disorder.

After listening to this AudioBrick, you should be able to:
  • Describe the etiology and epidemiology of the depressive disorders
  • Compare and contrast the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for the depressive disorders
  • List the common differential diagnoses and comorbid conditions for each disorder
  • Describe the evidence-based assessments and treatment approaches for each disorder

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