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There is considerable misunderstanding about Major Depressive Disorder, including the degree of impairment that arises, whether it constitutes a disability, and whether it is more severe than other mood (or even adjustment) disorders..
The key point is the interpretation of the word “Major” by non-clinicians. Arguably the term was not well chosen.
Patients with a major depressive episode will have problems with sleep, significant weight change, agitation or slowing, loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness, difficulties with concentration, and may have preoccupying thoughts of death as well as other symptoms. The important apect is that a major depressive episode can be readily and successfully treated by a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Individuals can, and do, work with major....(more)...