major depression


Definition of major depression

2 : an episode of depression characteristic of major depressive disorder

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Recent Examples on the Web That analysis found millennials were more likely to have hypertension, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes and major depression; and more likely to use tobacco, alcohol and have substance use disorders compared to the national population. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Parents and other caregivers are more stressed and in poorer health due to pandemic, report finds," 9 Sep. 2020 In the grip of the low motivation that so often accompanies major depression, my patient has stopped cleaning her home. Adrienne Lapidos, The Conversation, "COVID-19 and teletherapy may be changing how much you know about your therapist," 1 July 2020 Julie Washington reports nearly 24 percent of respondents reported symptoms of major depression and 30 percent showed symptoms of anxiety disorder. cleveland, "Cleveland City Council votes to tackle racism as public health crisis: The Wake Up for Thursday, June 4, 2020," 4 June 2020 Among girls, the rate was even higher; in 2017, one in five reported experiencing major depression. Kate Julian, The Atlantic, "The Anxious Child," 14 Apr. 2020 There has been a progressive increase in the incidence of major depression over the past 70 years, with 17% of women and 9% of men in the United States reporting a major depressive disorder in their lifetime. David Buice, Dallas News, "Baylor Scott & White Health pioneers innovative ways to combat mental health issues," 17 Oct. 2019 At the same time, a history of major depression increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s later in life. Andrea Petersen, New York Times, "New Therapies Help Patients With Dementia Cope With Depression," 8 Dec. 2019 The drug is being tested alone, in combination with other treatments for major depression, and in patients with depression who are at risk of suicide. Megan Thielking, Scientific American, "FDA Approves Esketamine, the First Major Depression Treatment to Reach U.S. Market in Decades," 6 Mar. 2019 Hinckley was suffering from acute psychosis and major depression and had become obsessed with the actress Jodie Foster. Fox News, "John Hinckley Jr.: Where is Reagan's would-be assassin now?," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of major depression

1979, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Major depression.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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Medical Definition of major depression

: an episode of depression characteristic of major depressive disorder also : major depressive disorder

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